Tuesday, February 14, 2012

1202.2537 (Alfred Shapere et al.)

Classical Time Crystals    [PDF]

Alfred Shapere, Frank Wilczek
We consider the possibility that classical dynamical systems display motion
in their lowest energy state, forming a time analogue of crystalline spatial
order. Challenges facing that idea are identified and overcome. We display
arbitrary orbits of an angular variable as lowest-energy trajectories for
nonsingular Lagrangian systems. Dynamics within orbits of broken symmetry
provide a natural arena for formation of time crystals. We exhibit models of
that kind, including a model with traveling density waves.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1202.2537

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