Friday, May 04, 2018

Time crystals!

This is extremely cool.

Ordinary crystals such as salt or quartz are examples of three-dimensional, ordered spatial crystals. Their atoms are arranged in a repeating system, something scientists have known for a century. Time crystals, first identified in 2016, are different. Their atoms spin periodically, first in one direction and then in another, as a pulsating force is used to flip them. That's the "ticking." In addition, the ticking in a time crystal is locked at a particular frequency, even when the pulse flips are imperfect.

It ticks! So cool!

The Phantom


WiFi Lunchbox Guy said...

Do note that bit in the comments about the FBI seizing research, and the bit about their being a political agency.

I can see a future generation of science types saying F*ck it and emmigrating.

The Phantom said...

Greetings WiFi. I missed that comment. FBI is misbehaving? Do tell. ~:D