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A simplified ab initio treatment of diradicaloid structures produced from stretching and breaking chemical bonds

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The present investigation reports on the prospect of using state specific multireference perturbation theory (SSMRPT) with an improved virtual orbital complete active space configuration interaction (IVO-CASCI) reference function (IVO-SSMRPT) to generate potential energy surfaces (PESs) for molecular systems [such as CH4, C2H6, C2H4, H2O2, LiH, and KN] by stretching and breaking of suitable bonds with modest basis sets. We have also revisited the dissociation energy profile of triplet ketene which exhibits a step-like structure in the observed rate. The application of the method has also been made to the ionization energies of H2O. Although the perturbative corrections are obtained by the diagonalization of the effective Hamiltonian, in IVO-SSMRPT, only one physically relevant solution is achievable. It is parameter free and does not require any threshold to avoid the intruder problem. It is strictly size-extensive and size-consistent provided that local orbitals are used. The PESs obtained with our approach are smooth all along the reaction path. Our estimates are in close agreement with the available reference data indicating that IVO-SSMRPT is a robust paradigm for the accurate computation of ground, excited and ionized states as it captures the mutual inter-play of different flavors of correlation effects in a balanced and accurate way.

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The article was received on 26 May 2017, accepted on 31 Jul 2017 and first published on 31 Jul 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7CP03564K
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017,19, 22282-22301
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    A simplified ab initio treatment of diradicaloid structures produced from stretching and breaking chemical bonds

    S. Sinha Ray, A. Ghosh, A. Shit, R. K. Chaudhuri and S. Chattopadhyay, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, 19, 22282
    DOI: 10.1039/C7CP03564K

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