A British firm is developing a brand new material dubbed Vantablack that is so black that consumes all but 0.035 percent of the visual light, making it the darkest substance ever created. If one was to make a little black dress out of the fabric, head, arms and legs would seem to float about around a black void. The human eye can’t seem to get a grip on the material’s dimensions.
“You would lose all features of the dress. It would just be something black passing through,” chief technical officer Ben Jensen told The Independent.
Developed by Surrey NanoSystems, Vantablack or “superb black” is made of carbon nanotubes, which are 10,000 times thinner than human hair. The fibers are so little that light can not pass through the openings in between them. The light is consumed as it rebounding around the surface.