now all the hippies will want them to do their chakras and chants with.
Where are the Dilithium crystals though? That's the real question scientists should be answering.
A new quantum state of matter has been experimentally observed for the first time, according to two papers published in Nature. In 2012, Frank Wilczek, a Nobel-prize winning physicist proposed the idea of "time crystals": an open, ground state system that breaks time translational symmetry. The name is a little confusing as …
I just asked a friend. He said "No way, man. Time's just an illusion caused by a lack of weed. Besides, crystals, chackras and chants are for new-agers and other posers separating fools from their money." He can be quite lucid when helping to pull bacon out of the smokehouse at 3AM ;-)
Okay. I get that they've added energy to a system. The doped crystal produces a beautiful interference pattern in the ground states of the dopant. It sounds extremely cool.
I don't get how "time crystal" describes the oscillation, though. It had an initial condition that wasn't in oscillation. So it is not permanent in time in the minus-t direction.
I'm pretty sure these scientists are a whole lot smarter than me, so what am I missing?
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Fascinating stuff indeed.
I suggested recently that in the light of anomalous lifetimes of NV in diamond perhaps large diamonds could store data for long (read millenia) periods.
Perhaps that strange scintillation is actually ancient photons being released from within the NV's stimulated by ambient solar radiation interacting with them releasing the metastable state.
Sort of a larger scale of what happens with glow in the dark sheet, in fact I tested this and found detectable patterns (if kept in total darkness) weeks later even at room temperature.