UK Researchers Create the ‘World’s Darkness Material': Vantablack

Posted on July 16, 2014 9:30 AM by Rob Williams

The next time you put on a piece of pitch-black clothing, or you wind up stranded in the dead of night, you should realize one thing: What you’re looking at isn’t that black. To some, orange might be the new black, but for the scientists at UK’s Surrey Nanosystems, the rights have been earned┬áto call their creation the blackest of the black.

A black hole might be blacker, but Vantablack is non-reflective enough to make it the darkest material on earth. According to Guinness World Records, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Rice University created a material that reflected a mere 0.045% of light back in 2007. Vantablack, according to its researchers, whittles that down to 0.04%.


Both Vantablack and the previous material are created with low-density carbon nanotubes, although it’s not clear what Vantablack’s researchers did differently to eke that extra blackness out of their creation – though I’m not sure I’d understand it anyway.

Vantablack’s creators hope to see this material used in electro-optical imaging and target-acquisition systems, with one example being telescopes. If I had access to the material, I’d infiltrate a friend’s house and hang Vantablack mats over each and every one of their doorways. Oh, the fun that would be had!

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