Aaron Richard Vontell

Aaron Richard Vontell

Scholar Title

MIT EECS | Texas Instruments Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scholar

Research Title

Accessibility of Mobile Applications





Research Areas
  • Human Computer Interaction

Lalana S. Kagal


This research studies the use of an ARTIQ-controlled field programmable gate array (FPGA) to produce TTL pulse sequences, which control various electromagnetic (EM) fields (microwave sources and visible lasers) that are resonant with relevant nitrogen-vacancy (NV) state transitions in diamond. It is also used to monitor emitted photons (using an avalanche photodiode) to determine when the pulse sequence has been successfully executed. These pulse sequences are then used to initialize NV-based qubits and perform computations. This work also provides a programmatic foundation for the development of a quantum repeater.


I am participating in the SuperUROP program to further develop my research capabilities in preparation for graduate school. My background in internships and previous UROPs has prepared me for this research. I hope to learn more about the hardware that controls quantum computation in preparation for industry and graduate school. Writing a paper and contributing to my lab’s research is what excites me most about this project.”

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