Researchers from the Taminiau lab at QuTech created a time crystal, a novel exotic quantum phase of matter, using a quantum computer based on diamond. Together with a simultaneous experiment by Google (preprint), the results shed new light on the physics of out-of-equilibrium quantum systems. The team reports their findings today in Science.
Collaboration with Element Six, Francisco Machado and Norman Yao.
An artist’s impression of the discrete time crystal made at QuTech. A chain of connected spins is locked in a phase where they periodically invert their state. Image credit Joe Randall and Tim Taminiau, QuTech.