The room temperature reflectance spectra in UV-VIS-NIR region (energy range of 0.6 to 6.2 eV) for glassy, partially crystalline and its fully crystalline superconducting ceramic phases of Bi3.9Pb0.1Sr3Ca3Cu4Ox have been studied by Kramers-Kronig (KK) analysis. A comparative study of the energy loss function [− Im (1/ε)] and the absorption coefficient [α(E)] has been done. Excitions in the superconducting phase hitherto evidenced by the authors are located in the polarizable layers of the superconducting cuprate and their implications for superconductivity have been pointed out. An estimate of the optical band gap energy (Eg) has also been made from the linear fit ofα2 vs.E curve for the superconducting phase. Jezierski’s method ofR-extrapolations in the higher energy has been used to show that both methods yield results that agree quantitatively and can be relied upon.
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