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Results and perspectives of the MO–VB method. Application examples on the He2 and the LiHHe complexes

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We present a short overview and two benchmark applications of the Molecular Orbital–Valence Bond (MO–VB) method, a quantum mechanical scheme developed within the framework of modern Valence Bond theory. The MO–VB has been especially designed to deal with weak intermolecular interactions, and in recent years it has been successfully applied to compute the potential energy surface of several complexes, namely He2, He–H2O, He–CH4 and Ne–CH4. In this investigation we test extensively the performance of the MO–VB on two limit systems, the He dimer and the LiHHe complex, which span three extremes in the field of van der Waals interactions: a purely dispersive system (HeHe) and, thanks to the highly polar Li–H bond, a noble gas approaching a cation (HeLi+), and an anion (HeH). Very accurate computations are available in the literature for He2 and LiHHe, performed either with conventional Molecular Orbital or Monte Carlo approaches, and hence these systems are the ideal candidates to establish the capabilities of the MO–VB. Based on the results of our study, we conclude that in He2 and LiH–He the MO–VB overestimates the correlation energy contribution to the interaction energy of about 5%, and hence it is a valid option for computing accurate lower bounds to the potential energy surface of these complexes.

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The article was received on 14 Oct 2009, accepted on 04 Feb 2010 and first published on 04 Mar 2010


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B921566B
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2010,12, 4224-4232
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    Results and perspectives of the MO–VB method. Application examples on the He2 and the LiHHe complexes

    F. Cargnoni and M. Raimondi, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2010, 12, 4224
    DOI: 10.1039/B921566B

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