Momentum-transfer-resolved electron energy loss spectroscopy of the valence band transitions in BaBiO3 has revealed for the first time that dispersion of the excitation at the optical gap (∼2 eV) and an optically forbidden transition at 4.5 eV are all anisotropic along  and . The anisotropic dispersion of the threshold excitation cannot be described by a simple charge density wave picture but can be explained by a small exciton model proposed in this paper. The optically forbidden transition is found to agree well with a proposed molecular orbital model, where the transition is assigned as the excitation from the O 2pσ nonbonding states to the empty Bi 6s state.
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