The world‘s Mattest Flattest Blackest black - it could absorb 99.965% of the light that hit it
In 2014, a UK nanotech company announced they'd created the darkest shade of black in the world. They called it Vantablack, and it absorbed an unprecedented 99.9% of the light that hit it. What does that mean? Here is a comparison: Black hole absorbs 100% of the light that hits it. They are similarly black - you can imagine a black hole as just a sphere of Vantablack!
You can see how the material absorbs almost all of the light, reflecting nothing detectable back to our eyes: The red light of a laser pointer vanish when it was run through a surface coated in the new material.
They covered the sculpture on the right with this unreleased non-nanotube coating that has a total hemispherical reflectance of 0.3% at 600 nm wavelength.
The same stone under the same light condition
Surrey NanoSystems isn’t just making blacker and blacker materials to set records. They’ve tested it to see if it could withstand going into space. There, it could be used to calibrate NASA’s powerful cameras to take more accurate photos of our universe. It is not just scientists who would like to use this – artists too!
How dark is it? Some say its too dark that they barely see any detail of an object with vantablack coating. "The material is astonishing, so deeply black that your eyes can’t really see it at all," Kapoor said. "It is like staring into the kind of black hole found in outer space."
Cars withVantablack coating
Vantablack made headlines again in 2016 when celebrated British sculptor Anish Kapoor seized exclusive rights to the material.
Kapoor sparked outrage from artists all over the world with the announcement that he had made a deal to become the only person in the world allowed to use the blackest pigment of black paint ever developed.
Kapoor's claim over Vantablack infuriated a number of his contemporaries.
"When I first heard that Anish had the exclusive rights to the blackest black I was really disappointed.I was desperate to have a play with it in my own work and I knew lots of other artists who wanted to use it too. It just seemed really mean-spirited and against the spirit of generosity that most artists who make and share their work are driven by.” said artist Stuart Semple.
So as a response to Kapoor’s exclusive deal with Vantablack, Semple decided to release his own special pigment, known simply as “Pink,” Semple says it is the pinkest pink pigment ever created. Now, in an effort to thumb his nose at Kapoor, Semple is making it for sale to everyone in the world—except Kapoor.
Kapoor posted this as a response.
And Semple has later released Black 2.0, billed as “the world’s mattest, flattest, black art material.” It is a cheaper alternative of Vantablack(and it smells like cherry). Now Anish Kapoor has a monopoly on Vantablack, but he can't use Black 2.0.
It means that if you are not Anish Kapoor, you can buy this Black 2.0 and paint anything at home. Phone case, halloween costume, unicorn decor, or maybe your curtain to sleep better.
Whats the difference of Vantablack&Black 2.0
1. Black 2.0 is a cheaper alternative, Vantablack is much expensive and it's impossible for you to buy some.
2. They have the similar effect, to make a 3D object looks like a flat surface.
3. Safe and non-toxic, smells like cherry.
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