Quantum time crystals open up

@article{Ball2021QuantumTC,
  title={Quantum time crystals open up},
  author={Philip Ball},
  journal={Nature Materials},
  year={2021},
  volume={20},
  pages={1172 - 1172}
}
  • P. Ball
  • Published 25 August 2021
  • Physics
  • Nature Materials
Time crystals are a temporal analogue of ordinary ‘space’ crystals: many-body systems that are periodic not in space but in time. They evolve dynamically in a way that regularly returns to a particular configuration. After these curious entities were proposed by Wilczek1 in 2012, the question became: what manner of system might behave this way? On closer inspection, it became clear that such behaviour is not possible for the equilibrium ground state of any system2,3 — time crystals are possible… 

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