Tuesday, July 15, 2014
New Material, Darker Than Black, Could Help Space Cameras See Better | Popular Science: Scientists make Vantablack by depositing carbon nanotubes close together on a thin sheet of aluminum. The tiny spaces between the tubes trap light, preventing it from reflecting off the material. A number of research groups have made super-absorbing black materials with similar microstructures. One advantage of Vantablack is that it doesn't require as high of temperatures to make as other carbon nanotube materials, according to Surrey NanoSystems. That means engineers can deposit Vantablack coatings on a wider range of materials.