Scientists from Stanford University, Google Quantum AI, the Max Planck Institute for Physics of Complex Systems and Oxford University are using Google’s Sycamore quantum computing hardware to create time crystals. For those unfamiliar with time crystals, they are both stable and ever-changing, with special moments that come at periodic intervals in time. They are placed in a new category of phases of matter. Read more for a video on time crystals for additional information.
These scientists confirmed their claim of a true time crystal utilizing the special capabilities of the quantum computer, including running the simulation forward and backward in time as well as scaling its size. Google’s quantum processor is capable of creating highly complex quantum states, thus allowing the phase structures of matter to be effectively verified without needing to investigate the entire computational space.
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The big picture is that we are taking the devices that are meant to be the quantum computers of the future and thinking of them as complex quantum systems in their own right. Instead of computation, we’re putting the computer to work as a new experimental platform to realize and detect new phases of matter,” said Matteo Ippoliti, a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford and co-lead author of the work.