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Crystals are structures in which a pattern of atoms or molecules repeats in space. Now, two teams of researchers have figured out that crystals' repeating patterns can also exist through time. These "time crystals," detailed in a new paper in Physical Review Letter, are an entirely new kind of matter, one that can never reach equilibrium.
To create the time crystals, researchers at University of Maryland hooked together 10 ytterbium atoms and hit them with two lasers multiple times to keep them out of equilibrium. Though the atoms did settle into a pattern, they could not reach equilibrium, meaning that the crystals perpetually remain in motion, though they don't contain any energy. Almost all of physics is based in studying matter that is at equilibrium, so the ability to create these non-equilibrium crystals is a huge deal for the future of physics.
This is a new phase of matter, period, but it is also really cool because it is one of the first examples of non-equilibrium matter," lead researcher Norman Yao from the University of California, Berkeley told EurekaAlert!.
The idea of time crystalsa form of matter that appears to move even at its energy-less ground statewas first proposed by Nobel-Prize winning theoretical physicist Frank Wilczek in 2012. Usually, if matter is in its ground state, movement should be impossible, because it contains no energy.
The researchers say that time crystals resemble Jell-O. When you tap Jell-O, it jiggles. The only difference is that the crystals are jiggling without using any energy, without any tap. By definition, time crystals can never stop oscillating, no matter how little energy they contain.
Right now, it's unclear what the practical use of this discovery will be, but it's possible that these crystals could serve a function in quantum computers.
also metallic hydrogen was created last week or somethin
If only University of Maryland could put those considerable talents to figuring out why Marylanders can't drive for shit.
To be clear, we’re not talking about perpetual motion machines here, because by definition, there is no energy in these systems.
But it does demonstrate that time crystals can occur in a real, physical system, and the team says that they could help us solve the problem of quantum memory - that is, how to retain information in the future generation of quantum computers.
Physicists just created the world's first time crystal - ScienceAlert
probably not much right now but it'll help out with Future Tech, like from the civilization series
Big fuckin news. This is the step towards our advancement of civilization. If it requires no energy to make them move then essentially they could be like perpetual generators, right?
It's amazing what scientists come up with these days. Dark matter, billions of universes, super black holes. Everything is huge, infinite, and we're just this little spec of dust. That's why you have to wonder, when we die, do we jump to another dimension, or planet system where we can look back at earth through a time machine. This is what you did, and if you have made this decision, you would have been rich.
I think if you were given that option you wouldn't remember it in the next progression
ngfm dreams about an afterlife where he's rich jfc
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