Researchers at Australia's University of Melbourne observed a time crystal in action, with the help of quantum computing technology.
Time crystals are a unique arrangement of particles in perpetual, repeating motion in both time and space.
Researchers are studying the use of time crystals as the basis for a new memory device for use with future quantum computers.
When building a time crystal, the individual components must be isolated from the environment to avoid thermalization; the components of quantum computers also need such isolation.
The researchers used IBM's Quantum Hub to turn a quantum computer into a time crystal.
Despite the "noisiness" of the quantum simulation on the IBM quantum computer, the researchers observed a time crystal in which the configuration of qubits perpetually repeated, meaning the system never forgets this initial state, so it never loses its memory.
From University of Melbourne (Australia)
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