British company creates blackest material known to man

UK-based Surrey NanoSystems have released a video demonstrating their newest product, Vantablack 2.0, a spray-on coating that can trap more than 99.8 percent of incident light. The company says the material is so dark that if you aimed a laser pointer at it, you couldn't even see the dot.

The company originally created the coating for aerospace applications such as satellites. 

"The original Vantablack coating marked a major milestone, and is fundamental to many companies developing higher-performance equipment," said Ben Jensen of Surrey NanoSystems. "We continue to develop the technology, and the new sprayable version opens-up a whole new range of applications. This is significantly less reflective than, for example, the super-black paint used for managing stray-light in the Hubble Space Telescope."

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