Interesting new research on the concept of ["time crystals"]( This appears to be an oscillation in a lattice structure, perhaps akin to phonons, but I can't tell from this paper. What is interesting is this statement:

>The two lasers that were periodically nudging the ytterbium atoms were producing a repetition in the system at twice the period of the nudges, something that couldn't occur in a normal system.

> "Wouldn't it be super weird if you jiggled the Jell-O and found that somehow it responded at a different period?" said Yao.

> "But that is the essence of the time crystal. You have some periodic driver that has a period 'T', but the system somehow synchronises so that you observe the system oscillating with a period that is larger than 'T'."

They find it unusual that a period doubling in jiggled Jell-O occurs? I suppose that would happen if one doesn't know the scientific literature. This is from [Ibrahim's book on sloshing](


Note that both Faraday and Rayleigh observed period doubling. Rayleigh's original paper [On Maintained Vibrations]( is an interesting read.

A liquid is not a crystal, yet phonons jiggling a crystal is the acoustic wave equivalent of a liquid sloshing.

And the reason I commented in this thread is because I believe the same period doubling behavior features in the sloshing dynamics of ENSO. This is the same Mathieu equation formulation that I apply to refine models of the behavior.