”Time Crystal” is the name of what scientists now call a new state of matter. For the first time you would think it is a sequel from one of those si-fi movies that hollywood has continually baffled us with but no , it is as real as it sounds fake.
This discovery as they say would open new avenues of research and for development of quantum computers and sensors.
Two different teams of scientists reported the discovery in the journal Nature on Wednesday. They are the first to directly create and observe time crystals, the long-theorized quantum systems that spin at their own pace independent of their environment, seemingly breaking the rules of normal timekeeping.
One team, led by the University of Maryland, used 10 levitating charged atoms, or ions, to create time crystals with the help of a complicated, colorful network of lasers and mirrors. Another team, led by Harvard University, used lasers, microwaves and black diamonds, which have special impurities the researchers were able to exploit to build the time crystals.( Daniel Hernandez, Wall street journal).
In a normal ice cube, atoms are arranged in repeating spatial pattern but in time crystals, patterns repeat in time instead of in space.
The research is early stage, but “anytime you discover a new phase of matter, it opens doors to new theories and potential applications,” said Chetan Nayak, a principal researcher at Microsoft Station Q who wasn’t involved with the studies. Station Q is Microsoft’s quantum-computing research lab.
Adapted from .Wall street journal
By Sammerion Nyawara.