“Perpetual Motion Without Energy” — Scientists Claim Time Crystals are New Form of Matter

The University of California Berkely have published this press release regarding the discovery of what they call a new form of matter — time crystals.

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/uoc–sun012617.php

An excerpt:

In a paper published online last week in the journal Physical Review Letters, the University of California, Berkeley assistant professor of physics describes exactly how to make and measure the properties of such a crystal, and even predicts what the various phases surrounding the time crystal should be — akin to the liquid and gas phases of ice.

This is not mere speculation. Two groups followed Yao’s blueprint and have already created the first-ever time crystals. The groups at the University of Maryland and Harvard University reported their successes, using two totally different setups, in papers posted online last year, and have submitted the results for publication. Yao is a co-author on both papers.

Time crystals repeat in time because they are kicked periodically, sort of like tapping Jell-O repeatedly to get it to jiggle, Yao said. The big breakthrough, he argues, is less that these particular crystals repeat in time than that they are the first of a large class of new materials that are intrinsically out of equilibrium, unable to settle down to the motionless equilibrium of, for example, a diamond or ruby.

“This is a new phase of matter, period, but it is also really cool because it is one of the first examples of non-equilibrium matter,” Yao said. “For the last half-century, we have been exploring equilibrium matter, like metals and insulators. We are just now starting to explore a whole new landscape of non-equilibrium matter.”

  • Guy Thomas

    Sounds like matter that harvests ZPE to me. Maybe Brown’s gas fitted the description of unequalibrium matter.

  • roseland67

    Sounds like Jack Kirby and Stan Lee work.

  • HS61AF91

    is it serendipity, or just my imagination. A ‘Dark Journalist’ video I just viewed talks about crystal properties, if you are real accepting and imaginative, then https://youtu.be/286sjgPOvc8 may interest you. Since this is a rather serious site, maybe not, but thought I’d share.

  • HS61AF91

    is it serendipity, or just my imagination. A ‘Dark Journalist’ video I just viewed talks about crystal properties, if you are real accepting and imaginative, then https://youtu.be/286sjgPOvc8 may interest you. Since this is a rather serious site, maybe not, but thought I’d share.

  • adriano

    wow pretty dope. Im gonna learn more

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  • psi2u2

    Non-equilibrium matter….hmmm.

  • Del Wanner

    The headline here is completely misleading. The periodic temporal motion of the crystals is generated by hitting them with lasers.

    • NCY

      Indeed. headline needs to be changed asap

  • NCY

    Indeed. headline needs to be changed asap