Fractal Black coating - Compatible with virtually all substrate materials - Acktar black coatings

Fractal Black

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Fractal BlackTM is the coating of choice where low reflectance / high emissivity is required across the spectrum from the UV through LWlR — typically for stray light suppression.

In addition to its superior optical performance Fractal BlackTM delivers many other attributes important in space applications

  • Essentially zero outgassing
  • Vacuum and thermal—vacuum cycling qualified
  • Operating temperatures from (-)269°C to (+)350°C
  • No particulation
  • Only a few microns thick
  • Compatible with virtually all substrate materials
High Adhesion
Space Qualified
Low Reflection
Low Thickness
Thickness 5-14µm
Temperature stability
Light Weight
REACH ROHS Compliant
Low Outgassing
Completely Inorganic


metals, glass, ceramics, polymers
Adhesion test (ref ECSS-Q-ST-70-13C)
Coated pieces withstand scotch tape test (3M853 Crystal Clear tape, strength of 13N per 25mm), without any evidence of coating removal.
Outgassing CVCM (%)
Outgassing RML (%)
Coating chemical content
completely inorganic
Surface resistivity
"Coated pieces withstand cleaning with ethanol, IPA or acetone with no change in optical and technical characteristics. Magic Black™, Metal Velvet™ and Litho Black™ should be cleaned very gently."
Parts shape
Humidity Resistance
MIL-C- 48497A
ROHS, REACH, ISO 9001:2015, AS9100

Typical Properties

Fractal black coating reflectance chart

Operational wavelengths
Coating thickness
Emissivity 3-10µm
> 97
Emissivity 3-30µm
> 88
Working temperature (°C)
-269 to 380
Working temperature (°K)
4 to 653
Weight of coating (mg/cm²)
1.6 - 3.2
moderate Abrasion resistance
(ref MIL-C-48497A)

Additional Details

Fractal BlackTM has been extensively tested and qualified for space applications and is applied in a variety of space programs including among others:

  • ESA/ NASA James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) – NIRSpec
  • ESA Bepi Colombo
  • Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) satellites
  • EnMAP-FSSA satellite

Fractal BlackTM was thoroughly tested and qualified for thermal cycling, thermal vacuum cycling, cryogenic temperature performance, outgassing, space atomic oxygen, reflectance after environmental exposure, adherence. Detailed BRDF data is available for VIS. SWIR, MWIR and LWIR.

Detailed BRDF data is available.

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