Get blacker of course. Originally created and designed by British company Surrey NanoSystems in 2014, Vantablack took the crown as the darkest man-made substance in the world, and things have recently gotten darker for Vantablack, but in a good way.
Vantablack’s purpose isn’t specifically intended to be used solely as a paint but the substance is classified as a high-tech carbon nanotube based coating material. There are many potential uses that include enhancing our ability to study stars and other solar systems in space.
The new version of Vantablack, labeled Vantablack S-VIS or 2.0, possesses the ability to absorb almost 100% of light and make three-dimensional objects appear two-dimensional due to the extremely minimal reflection of light on its surface that allow our eyes to pick up the shapes of objects. The substance is so dark that even lasers don’t reflect when coming in contact with surfaces coated with Vantablack.
Understanding the New Vantablack
The mantra “black isn’t a color, it’s the absence of color” applies to Vantablack, but to be more precise, the mantra for Vantablack would be “Vantablack isn’t a color, it’s the presence of carbon nanotubes.” Rolls right off the tongue, no?
With visible, ultraviolet, and infrared light consistently getting absorbed into Vantablack’s eternal abyss, priority concerns about safety became an issue. The primary potential problem with the original Vantablack was the instability of the coating. The carbon nanotubes that make up the substance could easily be damaged and fall apart, causing respiratory problems if inhaled.
How Much for a Piece of the Dark Side?
Throwing a three-dimensional coating over any other three-dimensional object and making it look two-dimensional sounds like something straight out of a Looney Tunes episode. So for most people, the first thought typically is “how and where can I purchase this magic?”
Vantablack is, unfortunately, on the expensive side with only a few select authorized outlets and persons allowed access to samples of the substance. Issues with durability and the intense creation process are the main deciding factor when it comes to the higher price point.
Vantablack is created in Surrey Nanosystem labs through a patented process that averages a lengthy two days. The creative possibilities do seem endless given the inherent properties of the substance. Imagine coating an entire room in eternal blackness, or being able to duck out on a bad date, disappearing into the night covered in Vantablack.
To get a better understanding of how dark things are with Vantablack, check out the video below and let us know what you think.