To be precise, this new black is called Vantablack S-VIS. Its even blacker predecessor is simply called Vantablack. When it was first revealed in 2014, this new color absorbed 99.96 percent of light. And that’s all light – infrared, ultraviolet and visible. What’s more, the team at Surrey Nanosytems has managed to go one step further since then.
In fact, the latest version of Vantablack absorbs so much light that even the most advanced spectrometer can’t detect anything reflecting back from it. By comparison, Vantablack S-VIS can “only” absorb 99.8 percent of the light that’s shone on it. But it has some other properties that make it far more useful.
So how does Vantablack work? Well, it’s a clever combination of elements designed to trap light. But if you’re thinking it’s a standard paint or piece of material, you’re barking up the wrong tree. Vantablack actually utilizes tiny structures to achieve its black hole-style goal.