The darkest material on Earth gets even darker. A new version of Vantablack has been created.
Vantablack is the blackest material ever produced on Earth. The material was created by a British company Surry NanoSystem in 2014. It claimed that this is not just a black material but super-black. The material can absorb a maximum of 99.96% of radiation, which is the highest ever recorded.
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Now, this blackest ever material has been retouched by the company and has been given an even darker tone. The modified version is named Vantablack S-VIS.
“The original Vantablack coating marked a major milestone and is fundamental to many companies developing higher-performance equipment,” said Ben Jensen from Surrey NanoSystems. “We continue to develop the technology and the new sprayable version opens-up a whole new range of applications.”
“Vantablack S-VIS is so effective that its performance far outstrips any other known paint or super-black coating – achieving a reflectance of just 0.20%. This is significantly less reflective than, for example, the super-black paint used for managing stray light in the Hubble Space Telescope.”
Vantablack was originally developed for satellite instruments which require high light absorption for optimal performance. The super black material was made of carbon nanotubes - each 10,000 times thinner than a human hair and it looked like a hole, like there is nothing there.
“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.” Company claimed.
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The improved version was created to avoid the need for chemical vapor deposition (CVD) without compromising the high-quality performance. The new version is not only more darker than the original sample but also applied more easily to complex surfaces.