For more than 10 years, scientists have theorized about the crystal of time, a strange, hitherto unknown state of matter. However, it appears that a group of researchers has been able to prove the existence of matter using Google’s quantum computer.
First of all, it is important to understand what these “time crystals” will be. In physics, crystals are defined as a series of atoms that are arranged sequentially and repeatedly, forming equal patterns. The difference with other materials lies precisely in their organization. In nature there is ice, salt and other crystals. Water, for example, is symmetric in the liquid state, but when it freezes, this symmetry breaks and the liquid turns into a crystal.
A Time Crystal will have a pattern that repeats after a certain period of time and not a physical distance. These particles can, rather than act as a spatial barrier, act using time.
Applications of this cannot be fully measured. The most obvious use would be to create more accurate time and clock models than current atomic clocks. It can even allow the creation of perpetual motion devices. Computing can also be completely revolutionized with this state of matter.
But of course, this is all in theory. However, a study published this week may be able to prove the existence of this substance, until then it has been treated with skepticism by much of the scientific community. The research was conducted by Princeton and Stanford universities, as well as the Google team. The results are preliminary and have not yet been reviewed.
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