Emmanuelle Alt, the editor in chief of Vogue Paris, is said to have quipped: “I’ll stop wearing black when they invent a darker color.”
The Frenchwoman may want to schedule a Harvard visit.
What is a color? The perception we have of a reflection of light on a surface. What is black, as perceived by human eye? It is the opposite of color. Black is an achromatic color, literally a color without hue. Black is a surface that reflects or emits only very low light and that absorbs most of the visible light. What is pitch black, in its purest form? It is the complete absence or complete absorption of light. True black doesn’t really exist (except in the instance of a black hole) and what we describe as black is usually dark grey, dark blue, dark red, etc… The fact that pure black can’t be achieved by any material hasn’t stopped people from trying though. The latest example of this comes from our friends at MCT Watches who, in collaboration with artist Anish Kapoor, have created the S110 Evo Vantablack featuring the blackest material ever produced by humankind.
There's a new blackest black material, and it's pretty darn black.
We're obsessed with Vantablack, the blackest material ever made. Every time Surrey Nanosystems, the company that makes it, releases a new video it blows us away. In this new video, the researchers coated a sphere with Vantablack. They then moved the sphere over another square of Vantablack, and it disappeared!
Vantablack is the world’s blackest black. It’s so black that 3D objects coated in the material are visually reduced to mere silhouettes. A crumpled piece of tinfoil, for example, looks like a vast abyss. That’s because the material absorbs more than 99.965 percent of light. “It’s the blackest material in the universe after black holes,” the British sculptor Anish Kapoor once said. “It’s a physical thing that you cannot see.”
An ultra-black coating that absorbs virtually all incident light around it makes surface features disappear so it looks like a black hole. That also helps it boost performance of the Kent Ridge 1 satellite's star trackers and Earth observation instruments.
The S-VIS version of Surrey NanoSystems’ Vantablack spray coating has been used to enhance the optical sensitivity of the optical instrumentation on board the Kent Ridge 1 low earth orbit (LEO) satellite.
Sky News Vantablack video featuring Vantablack and Vantablack S-VIS, and shot in our Newhaven facility.
The paint used on the Hubble telescope is one of the blackest materials in space. It's there to reduce stray light so the instrument can photograph the best possible images of our solar system and beyond.