Fantastic reality: the world’s darkest human-made material looks like a black hole!

No, this is not a dark hole in the foil, this is a super-black substance which absorbs almost every single light quantum!


Vantablack is the darkest substance ever, which absorbs about 99,965 % of various types of radiation: light, microwaves and radio waves. To put this into perspective, the blackest coal can absorb only 96% of radiation.

This fantastic material was created by British National Physical Laboratory and Surrey NanoSystems in 2014. The substance is actually a structure of vertical nanotubes, which “grow” on a foil surface.

British scientists managed to improve the material and make it even blacker, but unfortunately, there is no way to measure the material’s characteristics simply because no modern spectrometers can do so!

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34 Comments
danny powell
Why are scientists using people's tax money to find out things like this? Couldn't the money be better spent?
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Jul 15, 2016 8:42PM
Liz Mc Cormick
Who cares?
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Jul 15, 2016 8:55PM
David Dial
would you perfer them to spend the money proving the world is round?
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Jul 15, 2016 9:03PM
Grady Green
Grady Green
Danny, do you have recomendations?
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Jul 15, 2016 9:04PM
Joe Conway
Joe Conway
Great new covering for stealth aircraft, land equipment and ships of the sea. If it absorbs microwaves and lasers, it is invisible to radar.
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Jul 15, 2016 9:09PM
Pat Pace
Thank you for giving practical applications for this knowledge.
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Jul 15, 2016 9:28PM
Janice Loggins
Janice Loggins
COOL!!!
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Jul 15, 2016 9:37PM
Spencer Young
I can't wait to see how the military applies this in stealth menuviers.
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Jul 15, 2016 11:16PM
Dennis Lee
Dennis Lee
Pat Pace That is also my take on the material.
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Jul 16, 2016 12:05AM
Maggie Faulkner
Basic science is not predicated on pragmatics. The use for this knowledge may occur in the future. Just like the research attendant to different number bases forged the way for computer science. Life is not always practical or neckties would be obsolete..
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Jul 16, 2016 12:07AM
Giacomo C Sabella
If you live in the south, it's likely your mind is never open enough to grasp or see potential outcomes
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Jul 16, 2016 2:03AM
Nicole Toma-Tolman
Umm... I could see them waving the dumb sphere attached to the stick, even over the black surface. But the laser pointer was pretty weird... kinda cool. :)
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Jul 16, 2016 2:10AM
Charles McLean
Charles McLean
what is it for?
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Jul 16, 2016 5:23AM
Nina Kamwene
Nina Kamwene
Go science! One day there will be a use for this material. Thank you.
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Jul 16, 2016 5:46AM
Jacqueline Bodbijl
Maggie Faulkner neckties should be obsolete!
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Jul 16, 2016 10:23AM

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