posted on Jul, 13 2014 @ 06:15 PM
The headline of the source article at
Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
They're not exaggerating. Also from The Independent article (three excerpts, my bold):
A British company has produced a "strange, alien" material so black that it absorbs all but 0.035 per cent of visual light, setting a new world
record. To stare at the "super black" coating made of carbon nanotubes – each 10,000 times thinner than a human hair – is an odd experience. It
is so dark that the human eye cannot understand what it is seeing. Shapes and contours are lost, leaving nothing but an apparent abyss.
Let that register for a moment. Staring at an object coated with this material would be akin to looking into the perfect optical nothingness of a
black hole (that's not busily eating). Because almost no light is reflected, I'd expect that it would appear like a perfectly black cut-out — no
contours, no depth, no texture — nothing.
Actual applications are more serious, enabling astronomical cameras, telescopes and infrared scanning systems to function more effectively. Then
there are the military uses that the material's maker, Surrey NanoSystems, is not allowed to discuss.
The nanotube material, named Vantablack, has been grown on sheets of aluminium foil by the Newhaven-based company. While the sheets may be crumpled
into miniature hills and valleys, this landscape disappears on areas covered by it.
"You expect to see the hills and all you can see … it's like black, like a hole, like there's nothing there. It just looks so strange," said Ben
Jensen, the firm's chief technical officer.
Still not convinced this is just about as black as black gets? Here's what Stephen Westland, professor of colour science and technology at Leeds
University had to say about it at the end of the source article:
"Many people think black is the absence of light. I totally disagree with that. Unless you are looking at a black hole, nobody has actually seen
something which has no light," he said. "These new materials, they are pretty much as black as we can get, almost as close to a black hole as we could
Here's a picture of a chunk of Vantablack. Unfortunately, there's obviously no way of demonstrating on your monitor how black this is, but the
complete lack of reflection, shadow or surface detail should give you a fair approximation.
Image from Daily Mail
Well I guess I know what material I'd choose to make my shinobi shōzoku
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