Modeling spontaneous breaking of time-translation symmetry

  title={Modeling spontaneous breaking of time-translation symmetry},
  author={Krzysztof Sacha},
  journal={Physical Review A},
  • K. Sacha
  • Published 14 October 2014
  • Physics
  • Physical Review A
We show that an ultra-cold atomic cloud bouncing on an oscillating mirror can reveal spontaneous breaking of a discrete time translation symmetry. In many-body simulations we illustrate the process of the symmetry breaking that can be induced by atomic losses or by a measurement of particle positions. The results pave the way for understanding and realization of the time crystal idea where crystalline structures form in the time domain due to spontaneous breaking of continuous time translation… 

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