/New time crystal experiment may open new horizons in quantum computing

New time crystal experiment may open new horizons in quantum computing

Key idea: A time crystal is a phase of matter which repeats in time, similar to how a regular crystal’s structure repeats in space.

Original author and publication date: Tzvi Joffre – June 12, 2022

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In a new experiment, an international team of scientists has managed to link two time crystals, which may be useful in quantum computing.

A time crystal, first proposed by physicist Frank Wilczek in 2012, is a phase of matter which repeats in time, similar to how a regular crystal’s structure repeats in space.

What that means is that the particles in the crystal perpetually switch between two states without requiring the input of more energy and without losing any energy.

These crystals are the first objects to break what is known as “time-translation symmetry,” a rule in physics that says that a stable object will remain unchanged throughout time. Time crystals violate this rule, being both stable and ever-changing.

So, for example, ice when stable will remain ice and will only change when temperature or another factor makes it unstable. A time crystal changes even when in its ground state, however, acting differently than all other phases of matter.

The scientists from Lancaster University, Royal Holloway London, Landau Institute and Aalto University in Helsinki published their work in Nature Communications earlier this month.

“In quantum physics perpetual motion is okay as long as we keep our eyes closed. By sneaking through this crack we can make time crystals.”Dr. Samuli Autti of Lancaster University’s Department of Physics

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