"Time crystals" work around the laws of physics to offer a new era of quantum computation

“Time crystals” work around the laws of physics to offer a new era of quantum computation

The connection of two “time crystals” in a superfluid of helium-3 barely one ten thousandth of a degree above absolute zero can be a big step towards a new type of quantum computer.

Time crystals are bizarre structures of atoms, whose existence was only predicted as late as 2012, with experimental evidence a few years later. In a normal crystal, such as diamond or salt, the atoms are arranged in a regularly repeating space pattern – a lattice or similar framework. And like most materials, when the atoms are in their basic state – their lowest possible energy level – they stop wobbling.


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