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Third-Order Incremental Dual-Basis Set Zero-Buffer Approach for Large High-Spin Open-Shell Systems

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posted on 10.03.2015, 00:00 authored by Jun Zhang, Michael Dolg
The third-order incremental dual-basis set zero-buffer approach (inc3-db-B0) is an efficient, accurate, and black-box quantum chemical method for obtaining correlation energies of large systems, and it has been successfully applied to many real chemical problems. In this work, we extend this approach to high-spin open-shell systems. In the open-shell approach, we will first decompose the occupied orbitals of a system into several domains by a K-means clustering algorithm. The essential part is that we preserve the active (singly occupied) orbitals in all the calculations of the domain correlation energies. The duplicated contributions of the active orbitals to the correlation energy are subtracted from the incremental expansion. All techniques of truncating the virtual space such as the B0 approximation can be applied. This open-shell inc3-db-B0 approach is combined with the CCSD and CCSD­(T) methods and applied to the computations of a singlet–triplet gap and an electron detachment process. Our approach exhibits an accuracy better than 0.6 kcal/mol or 0.3 eV compared with the standard implementation, while it saves a large amount of the computational time and can be efficiently parallelized.