They’ve united isolated clusters of particles, known as time crystals, into a single, developing system for the first time, which could be extremely valuable in quantum computing.
A group of physicists led by Samuli Autti of Lancaster University has successfully connected two-time crystals to produce a ‘two-state system,’ also known as a ‘two-level system.’
This could pave the door for quantum computers to utilize time crystals as qubits in the future.
The atoms in time crystals display patterns of movement in time that are difficult to explain by an external force.
• Scientists have created a two-state system by connecting separate time crystals.
• In the year 2020, time crystals were seen interacting for the first time.
• The atoms in typical crystals are arranged in a fixed, three-dimensional grid pattern.
Researchers have accomplished something that could only be found in a science fiction film.
Until They Were Found in 2016, Time Crystals were thought to be almost Impossible to make
Nobel Laureate Frank Wilczek proposed them for the first time in 2012.
The same team from the University of Lancaster observed these crystals interacting for the first time in 2020.
No one would have imagined linking these crystals in such a way that they could be utilised as qubits in quantum computing at the time.
crystals are comparable to other types of crystals, such as metals or rocks, but they have a unique property.
The atoms in typical crystals are arranged in a fixed, three-dimensional grid pattern.
The atoms in crystals display patterns of movement in time that are difficult to explain by an external force.
These oscillations, which are referred to as “ticking,” are fixed to a specific frequency.
The main reason physicists thought it was difficult to make crystals is that their atoms are in a perpetual motion that appears to contradict the laws of physics.
Quantum physics, on the other hand, has not only aided in the creation of crystals but has also demonstrated that these crystals have the ability to power practical technologies.
Machine that moves indefinitely are aknowleded to be impossible:
Perpetual motion is acceptable in quantum physics as long as we keep our eyes closed.
We can manufacture crystals by creeping through this break, said physicist and main scientist Samuli Autti of Lancaster University in the United Kingdom.
Helium-3, a rare isotope of helium with one missing neutron, was used to first observe the crystals.
The researchers achieved a temperature of -273.15 degrees Celsius by cooling superfluid helium-3.
After that, the researchers generated two crystals inside the superfluid and brought them together. The two crystals then interacted, which they observed.
Nature Communications published the findings of the researchers.