Scientists have disclosed that the”blackest material ever” that they have made in an amazing achievementabsorbs 99.96 per cent of light and is ten times blacker than anythingmade before.
Scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have covered a £1.6million diamond with the substance in a bid to prove its blackness.
The highlytechnical materialwas made from carbon Nanotubes (CNT) and developed on aluminum foil, absorbing 99.96 per cent of light – making it the blackest material ever made.
The scientists has point out that they are unsure of the mechanics that cause the material to be so dark, but believe it is due to the pairing of carbon Nanotubes and chlorine-etched aluminum.
The Nanotubes, when assembled into a vertical ‘forest’, can transform almost all light into heat, according to some scientists.
Professor Wardle of MIT, who has led the research, worked with the university’s artist-in-residence Diemut Strebe to hide a natural yellow diamond in the new ultrablack CNT material.
It worked to stunning effect, leaving the normally bright gem as a flat, black void.
However, the artistic experiment may have practical uses too, giving space telescopes a material for optical blinders to reduce unwanted glare. Professor Wardle said : ‘there are optic and space science applications for very black materials, He added: ‘Our material is ten times blacker than anything that has ever been reported, but I think the blackest black is a constantly moving target.
The findings have been published in the (ACS-Applied Materials).