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This would make time-crystals a practically useless source of work, correct?

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If you consult the September, 2018, issue of Physics Today you will find an excellent article on time crystals by N Yao and C Nayak (p 41). Paraphrasing their synopsis, time crystals result when the discrete time translation symmetry of isolated periodically driven systems is spontaneously broken. They are a quantum manifestation of the complex behavior of classical chaotic systems which are inherently non-equilibrium in nature.

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