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Google researchers made a time crystal inside a quantum computer

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A processor for Google’s Sycamore quantum computer

Erik Lucero

A unique phase of matter called a time crystal, which can in theory flip between two states forever with no energy input necessary has been created inside a quantum computer built by Google. The discovery is one of the first real-world problems solved by a quantum computer, and could also be harnessed to improve them.

A crystal can form out of a material when its components form stable, repeating patterns. At this point it’s said to have lost spatial symmetry – it no longer …