In what could be the first useful application of quantum computing, Google’s scientists have demonstrated the existence of a new phase of matter.
In a new research paper, Google scientists claim to have used a quantum processor for a useful scientific application: to observe a genuine time crystal.
If ‘time crystal’ sounds pretty sci-fi that’s because they are. Time crystals are no less than a new “phase of matter”, as researchers put it, which has been theorized for some years now as a new state that could potentially join the ranks of solids, liquids, gases, crystals and so on. The paper remains in pre-print and still requires peer review.