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

Connecting two “time crystals” in a helium-3 superfluid just one ten-thousandth of a degree above absolute zero could be a big step towards a new type 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, when atoms are in their ground state – their lowest possible energy level – they stop shaking.

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