Chlorophyll is the pigment that makes plants green. To camouflage military equipment and personnel, synthetic green pigments are incorporated into materials, mimicking the surrounding foliage. However, conventional green pigments do NOT resemble chlorophyll in the infrared – they absorb IR light, whereas chlorophyll reflects it. As a result, an improperly formulated camouflage color appears black against a bright background when viewed through IR imaging equipment. Arctic® infrared reflecting pigments make possible the formulation of materials that look like foliage to the human eye – and also the infrared camera.
Arctic® Pigments are also used to reflect solar energy from the decks of ships. Solar-induced heat build-up is minimized, as is the energy burden to cool the vessel’s interior.