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  A comparative study of single reference correlation methods of the coupled-pair type

Wennmohs, F., & Neese, F. (2008). A comparative study of single reference correlation methods of the coupled-pair type. Chemical Physics, 343(2-3), 217-230. doi:10.1016/j.chemphys.2007.07.001.

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Wennmohs, Frank1, Author              
Neese, Frank1, Author              
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1Lehrstuhl für Theoretische Chemie, Institut für Physikalische und Theoretische Chemie, Universität Bonn, Wegelerstrasse 12, D-53115 Bonn, Germany, ou_persistent22              

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Free keywords: Electron correlation; Coupled pair approximation; Coupled cluster approximation; Configuration interaction
 Abstract: Several variants of coupled electron pair type approximations are compared with respect to their accuracy in the prediction of bond distances, harmonic vibrational frequencies and anharmonic corrections for a range of closed-shell diatomic molecules. In the first part of the paper the coupled-electron pair (CEPA) methods (CEPA/1,2,3) are discussed. Extensions of these methods allow the derivation of the correlation energy from the stationarization of a correlation energy functional (CPF/1,2,3 methods). All methods are formulated as diagonally dressed configuration–interaction with single- and double-excitations (CISD) eigenvalue problems. Averaging the diagonal shifts of the CPF methods in various ways lead to the ACPF and AQCC methods. Several small modifications of the shifts for the single excitations are proposed that enhance the stability of the methods (NCPF/1,2,3, NCEPA/1,2,3, NACPF). The reduced shifts are justified by linear response arguments. The implementation of the methods for a closed-shell ground state is described. In the application part, we first tested the size-consistency, exactness for two-electron systems and unitary invariance of the methods. Extensive numerical studies with polarized quadruple-ζ basis sets are employed to test the accuracy of the coupled pair approaches relative to the more elaborate quadratic CI (QCISD) and coupled-cluster (CCSD and CCSD(T)) approaches. Not surprisingly, the CCSD(T) method is the most accurate approach on average. However, the proposed NCPF/1 variant led to even smaller average errors for bond distances (∼0.2 pm relative to ∼0.3 pm for CCSD(T)) while predicting still accurate harmonic frequencies (av. Error ∼25 cm−1 for NCPF/1, ∼8 cm−1 for CCSD(T) and ∼45 cm−1 for CCSD). All coupled pair methods are more accurate than present day DFT approaches (BP86, B3LYP). The exception is the recently proposed double-hybrid B2PLYP functional that approaches the coupled pair performance. Some more difficult copper containing diatomics are treated as well (CuH, CuF, CuCl and Cu2). We discuss why we believe that the coupled-pair approaches (and in particular the proposed NCPF/1 variant) are attractive for large-scale chemical applications.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2007-04-052007-07-112008-01-29
 Publication Status: Published in print
 Pages: 14
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 Rev. Type: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1016/j.chemphys.2007.07.001
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Title: Chemical Physics
  Abbreviation : Chem. Phys.
Source Genre: Journal
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Publ. Info: Amsterdam : Elsevier B.V.
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 343 (2-3) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 217 - 230 Identifier: ISSN: 0301-0104
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/954925509371