Though it may look like a 2D cartoon wormhole, “Vantablack” is the blackest material known to science.
Vantablack was first created by researchers in 2014 and was found to be the world’s darkest material — capable of absorbing 99.96 percent of ultraviolet, visible and infrared light. The material is not a paint, pigment or fabric, but a special coating designed to achieve a near total lack of reflectance, according to Surrey NanoSystems, the company that produces Vantablack.
Since its initial development, researchers have increased the material’s blackness. In 2016, the research team announced on YouTube that an updated version of the material was so black no spectrometer was able to measure how much light Vantablack absorbs — meaning it the first material so ‘black’ that it can’t be measured, according to the researchers.
Now, a variation of Vantablack (known as Vantablack S-VIS) is available in a spray-on form that blocks 99.8 percent of ultraviolet, visible and infrared light — enough to make an otherwise detailed 3D object appear as a flat black void.