Ph.D. in Applied Physics, Rice University, 2012
M.S. in Applied Physics, Rice University, 2009
B.S. in Astronomy/Astrophysics, Applied Mathematics, and Physics, Florida Institute
of Technology, 2005
Dr. Astley is teaching courses in physics, with a focus on providing a “solid scientific
education for undergraduates in technical fields” and making “darn” sure they know
how to do vectors. She is known for incorporating movies, animal combat, and doomsday
machines into her practice problems. In 2017, she received the Faculty Award for Teaching
When she isn’t teaching, Astley can be found on the deck of a historical replica 17th-century Dutch pinnace. She volunteers as an educator, deckhand, and occasional bosun
for the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation in Delaware, teaching students about the history
and practice of colonial-era sailing. She also assisted in developing a K-12 STEM
program to teach physics and math concepts using sailing and navigation.
Her research has mostly focused on terahertz technology, an interdisciplinary field
overlapping physics and electrical engineering with real-world applications. She did
make a foray into biology, publishing one paper on the use of digital image analysis
for snake measurement as a collaborative project with the University of Akron and
her Physics 1 Laboratory sections.
- Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy
- Terahertz waveguides
- Snake measurement
Awards and Honors
- Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence, 2017
- Finalist for Rice University Thesis Award, 2012
- NDSEG Graduate Fellowship, 2006-2009
- Astley, Henry C., Astley, Victoria E., Brothers, David, and Mendelson, Joseph R. Digital
Analysis of Photographs for Snake Length Measurement. Herpetological Review, 2017,
48(1), 39-43. Note: This work was completed in conjunction with the PHY2048L laboratory
sections as part of an exercise in data analysis/error analysis, as well as an introduction
to image analysis software. The students received an acknowledgment at the end of
- Victoria Astley, Kimberly S. Reichel, Jonathan Jones, Rajind Mendis, and Daniel M.
Mittleman, “A mode matching analysis of dielectric-filled resonant cavities coupled
to terahertz parallel-plate waveguides,” Optics Express, 20, 21766-21772 (2012).
- Victoria Astley, Kimberly Reichel, Rajind Mendis, and Daniel M. Mittleman, “Terahertz
microfluidic sensing using a parallel-plate waveguide sensor,” Journal of Visualized
Experiments, 66, e4304 (2012).
- Victoria Astley, Kimberly Reichel, Jonathan Jones, Rajind Mendis, and Daniel M. Mittleman,
“Terahertz multichannel microfluidic sensor based on parallel-plate waveguide resonant
cavities,” Applied Physics Letters, 100, 231108 (2012).
- Jie Shu, Ciyuan Qiu, Victoria Astley, Daniel Nickel, Daniel M. Mittleman, and Qianfan
Xu, “High-contrast terahertz modulator based on extraordinary transmission through
a ring aperture,” Optics Express, 19, 26666-26671 (2011).
- Victoria Astley, Blake McCracken, Rajind Mendis, and Daniel M. Mittleman \, “Analysis
of rectangular resonant cavities in terahertz parallel-plate waveguides,” Optics Letters,
36, 1452-1454 (2011).
- Victoria Astley, Julianna Scheiman, Rajind Mendis, and Daniel M. Mittleman, “Bending
and coupling losses in terahertz wire waveguides,” Optics Letters, 35, 553-555 (2010).
- C. Jansen, S. Wietzke, V. Astley, D. M. Mittleman, and M. Koch, “Mechanically flexible
polymeric compound 1D photonic crystals for terahertz frequencies,” Applied Physics
Letters, 96, 111108 (2010).
- Rajind Mendis, Victoria Astley, Jingbo Liu, and Daniel M. Mittleman, “Terahertz microfluidic
sensor based on a parallel-plate-waveguide resonant cavity,” Applied Physics Letters,
95, 171113 (2009).
- Victoria Astley, Rajind Mendis, and Daniel M. Mittleman, “Characterization of terahertz
field confinement at the end of a tapered metal wire waveguide,” Applied Physics Letters,
95, 031104 (2009).