‘Time crystals’ work around laws of physics to provide a new era of quantum computing

Connecting two ‘time crystals’ in a superfluid of helium-3, barely a ten-thousandth of a degree above absolute zero, could be a huge step towards a new kind of quantum computer.

Time crystals are bizarre structures of atoms, whose existence was only predicted in 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 spatial pattern – a lattice or similar framework. And like most materials, the atoms stop shaking when they’re in their ground state — their lowest possible energy level.

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