We report on far infrared measurements of the energy gap of the high-temperature superconductor La1.85Sr0.15CuO4-x. From the reflectance, measured over a wide range of frequencies, we calculate the optical conductivity. It shows phononlike lines at 239, 355, and 494 cm-1 and a gaplike depression below 140 cm-1. The strong edge seen in reflectance at 50 cm-1, and misidentified by a number of investigators as the energy gap, does not appear in the conductivity. It is due to a zero crossing of 1() caused by the strong phonons.
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- Condensed Matter Physics