A newly produced material is believed to be the “blackest” ever created.
Vantablack is a pure carbon coating and absorbs 99.96 percent of incident radiation (solar energy as it hits the material’s surface). Manufacturer Surrey NanoSystems believes that is the highest such figure ever recorded.
According to Surrey NanoSystems, Vantablack has the highest thermal conductivity and lowest mass-volume of any material that can be used in high-emissivity applications. Such applications are those that require the use of materials that can better radiate energy. In addition, the material is said to be able to withstand launch shock, staging and long-term vibration, making it suitable for coating internal components.
“When you look at a surface it will just look very black,” explains Jensen to Gizmag. “When you look at a 3D surface, you can’t see any 3D shape. It’s just completely black.”
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