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Tech & ScienceMIT Engineers Have Created The 'Blackest Black' To Ever Black

12:45  16 september  2019
12:45  16 september  2019 Source:   gizmodo.com.au

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MIT engineers have developed a material they they claim is 10 times blacker than any other to date. According to MIT, astrophysicist and Nobel laureate John Mather is currently exploring using the material to create a massive black shade that would shield telescopes from stray light.

According to a recent blog post, MIT engineers have now created the blackest black ever recorded. The institute's ultrablack material is capable of absorbing at least 99.995 per cent of light, beating the previous pretender to the throne, Vantablack, which only had a 99.965 per cent absorption rate.

MIT Engineers Have Created The 'Blackest Black' To Ever Black © Provided by Pedestrian TV Group Pty Ltd The coating is on display at the New York Stock Exchange as part of a new exhibit. (Photo:

Move over, Vantablack. MIT engineers have developed a material they they claim is 10 times blacker than any other to date.

In a blog post, MIT describes the material as being made from vertically aligned carbon nanotubes, which are microscopic carbon filaments. The engineers grew the carbon nanotubes on chlorine-etched aluminium foil, which then captured more than 99.995 per cent of incoming light in lab testing. For reference, Vantablack, the previous holder of the “blackest black” title, captures 99.965 per cent of light.

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There’s midnight black , coal black , and jet black . But if you’re looking for the blackest shade of all, you’re going to have to splurge for carbon nanotube The foil may also spur scientists to investigate the core properties of blackness , as well as its upper limits. "This is a proper unexpected scientific

Once there was a black blacker than the blackest black . It was called Vantablack — a substance that How did you discover that you had actually developed the blackest black we've ever seen? I think the blackest black should be an evolving number or an evolving material. I think others will find

The exhibit, titled The Redemption of Vanity, is a collaboration between MIT artist-in-residence Diemut Strebe and Brian Wardle, MIT’s professor of aeronautics and astronautics. It features a $3 million, 16.78-carat yellow diamond coated in the new ultrablack material. So instead of a sparkly rare diamond, you see a black, diamond-shaped void. Something something commentary on capitalism and greed.

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Art projects aside, ultrablack pigments are also useful in aeronautics. “There are optical and space science applications for very black materials, and of course artists have been interested in black, going back well before the Renaissance,” Wardle said in MIT’s blog.

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MIT engineers say they have created a material that is 10 times blacker than anything else ever been reported. Katie Johnston reports.

MIT Engineers Discover World’s Blackest Black , Taking Title from Vantablack. To really put this new black to the test, they set about covering one of the shiniest objects they “Our material is 10 times blacker than anything that’s ever been reported, but I think the blackest black is a constantly

“Our material is 10 times blacker than anything that’s ever been reported, but I think the blackest black is a constantly moving target. Someone will find a blacker material, and eventually we’ll understand all the underlying mechanisms, and will be able to properly engineer the ultimate black.”

MIT’s ultrablack coating is a welcome discovery, especially given the infamous war over Vantablack. Anish Kapoor, the sculptor behind that big silver bean in Chicago, obtained exclusive rights to the material from Vantablack’s creator Surrey NanoSystems.

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Other artists were put off, as it meant they would not get a chance to use the material in their work. Kapoor was not gracious about it. Last year, Kapoor also used Vantablack to paint an 2.4 metre hole in the floor of an art museum. Unsurprisingly, someone fell in.

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You can pick up a can of flat black spray paint at the hardware store and it'll do a pretty good job of absorbing light, but if you really want the blackest possible In a new paper published in ACS-Applied Materials and Interfaces, the MIT research team explains that while they appear to have created the

MIT Engineers Have Created the ' Blackest Black ' to Ever Black . Move over, Vantablack. MIT engineers have developed a material they they claim is 10 times blacker than any other to date.

Wardle’s coating, which doesn’t have a spiffy name as of yet, has no such drama surrounding it — and it’s already generated interest from the research community. According to MIT, astrophysicist and Nobel laureate John Mather is currently exploring using the material to create a massive black shade that would shield telescopes from stray light.

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