A New State of Mat­ter

Time crystalCrys­tals can exist in time as well as space
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It’s no longer just a wild the­ory. Two inde­pen­dent teams of physi­cists have fol­lowed a recipe to build the world’s first ver­sions of an enig­matic form of mat­ter – time crys­tals.
MIT physi­cist and Nobel lau­re­ate Frank Wilczek first spec­u­lated about the exis­tence of time crys­tals in 2012, while teach­ing a class on ordi­nary crys­tals, such as salt, or snowflakes. In a typ­i­cal crys­tal, the atoms or mol­e­cules are tightly arranged in reg­u­larly repeat­ing pat­terns in three-​dimensional space, resem­bling a lattice.

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