Time crystals might exist after all – and they could break space-time symmetry Movement without energy.

2012 The Awakening

13 SEP 2016

First proposed by Nobel-Prize winning theoretical physicist Frank Wilczek back in 2012, time crystals are hypothetical structures that appear to have movement even at their lowest energy state.

This ability violates a fundamental symmetry in physics called time-translation symmetry, but physicists have now demonstrated that it might actually be possible for time crystals to physically exist.

If none of this makes sense to you, don’t worry, we’ll run you through the backstory.

In 2012, Wilczek and a team of theoretical physicists at MIT suggested that it could be possible to add a fourth dimension – the movement of time – to a crystal, imbuing it with the ability to act as a kind of perpetual ‘time-keeper’, or clock.

In basic terms, Wilczek envisioned an object that could achieve everlasting movement by periodically moving and then returning to its original state over and over again in…

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