A strange new phase of matter which seems to occupy two dimensions of time has been created in a lab by scientists.
They say the discovery could alter the way we think about matter, while also helping to build quantum computers that could change the world.
Researchers said the new phase of matter behaved as though it had two time dimensions, instead of one, which in doing so made the qubits that power quantum computers more robust.
They remained stable for the entire duration of the experiment, the experts said — one of the main goals for an error-free quantum computer, but also extremely difficult to achieve.
Scientists from the Flatiron Institute’s Center for Computational Quantum Physics in New York City made the new discovery in a fascinating way.
They shined lasers that flashed in a pattern of pulses inspired by the Fibonacci sequence — where each number is the sum of the previous two — at atoms inside a quantum computer.
The discovery represents ‘a completely different way of thinking about phases of matter,’ according to computational quantum physicist Philipp Dumitrescu, of the Flatiron Institute.