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Scientists invent world's blackest material

By T.K. Randall
October 26, 2015 · Comment icon 17 comments

How black is it possible for something to be ? Image Credit: sxc.hu
The new material is so completely and utterly black that it absorbs 99% of all the light that hits it.
Described as being so black that looking at it is like gazing in to a never-ending abyss, the new material was inspired by the white cyphochilus beetle which possesses special scales that are able to reflect light extremely effectively - the stark opposite of what the scientists set out to achieve.

Created using nanoparticle rods, the material is 26 percent darker than the previously known blackest material and is capable of absorbing a whopping 99 percent of all visible light.
Its invention could enable the creation of more efficient solar panels and it can even be diluted in to a liquid which means it can be easily created and applied in a variety of different situations.

The researchers have even proposed the idea of a material that is darker still - one that can absorb all radiation at all angles and polarisations - but whether such a thing could ever be produced in reality remains to be seen.

A look at the previously blackest known material, which was created using carbon nanotubes, can be viewed in the news report footage below.

Source: Independent | Comments (17)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #8 Posted by Hammerclaw 8 years ago
That would be like a cloak of invisibility at night.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Captain Dumass 8 years ago
Haha... only 99%? last year, june 2014 the same company said they made it 99.965%.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Anomalocaris 8 years ago
Haha... only 99%? last year, june 2014 the same company said they made it 99.965%. That was a British company actually: A material so dark that you can't see it...
Comment icon #11 Posted by OverSword 8 years ago
Comment icon #12 Posted by OverSword 8 years ago
Well, you learn something new every day. Is it important that we have something that's blacker than all other black things? Is this something we've been striving for? One use for this material will be for the inside of night vision goggles. I used to work at a mil-spec circuit board shop (before the traitor clinton shipped all those jobs abroad through NAFTA) All inner workings on night vision goggles must be black and as non-reflective as possible. So this material will probably make night vision goggles a bit better. I'm sure that is just one of many uses for very dark non-reflective materia... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by Goodnite 8 years ago
A mini black hole for light. Cool.
Comment icon #14 Posted by BeastieRunner 8 years ago
A mini black hole for light. Cool. Careful. You might get your soul sucked in!
Comment icon #15 Posted by Talion78 8 years ago
I tried to watch the video and all I got was a black screen...........oh that was the video.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Captain Dumass 8 years ago
That was a British company actually: Yes, its a company in Surrey, England. I have NO idea why people would think its was arabian. Arabians even tries to take credit for the numerical system wich originates from India (Hindu). I guess they think... close enough. But in the dark matter case i think Surrey is not close enough for them to take credit for it ;-)
Comment icon #17 Posted by shadepony 8 years ago
i could use this

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