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We present an assessment of different density functionals, with emphasis on range-separated hybrids, for the prediction of fundamental and harmonic vibrational frequencies, infrared intensities, and Raman activities. Additionally, we discuss the basis set convergence of vibrational properties of H2O with long-range corrected hybrids. Our results show that B3LYP is the best functional for predicting vibrational frequencies (both fundamental and harmonic); the screened-PBE hybrid (HSE) density functional works best for infrared intensities, and the long-range corrected PBE (LC-ωPBE), M06-HF, and M06-L density functionals are almost as good as MP2 for predicting Raman activities. We show the predicted Raman spectrum of adenine as an example of a medium-size molecule where a DFT/Sadlej pVTZ calculation is affordable and compare our results against the experimental spectrum.
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