According to a study published in the journal, Science, the researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have developed an exotic class of matter called time crystals in which atoms show a recurrent motion in time rather than in space. In common terms, this new form of matter comprises of atoms with relatively very high inter-atomic spaces but a certain degree of interaction, which imparts them a regular rhythm in time.
The “bizarre” form of matter shows no coherence with the existing laws of thermodynamics and keeps “ticking” indefinitely at a certain frequency, writes Live Science. Study co-author Soonwon Choi, a theoretical physics graduate student at Harvard University, describes this phenomenon as “something moving in time while still stable.”
The development opens new possibilities in the world of non-equilibrium phases, which scientists intend to use for data storage and transfer in next-generation quantum computers, notes Science Daily.