Recently, we proposed a novel Lagrangian–based perturbation series—the CCSD(T–n) series—which systematically corrects the coupled cluster singles and doubles (CCSD) energy in orders of the Møller-Plesset fluctuation potential for effects due to triple excitations. In the present study, we report numerical results for the CCSD(T–n) series up through fourth order which show the predicted convergence trend throughout the series towards the energy of its target, the coupled cluster singles, doubles, and triples (CCSDT) model. Since effects due to the relaxation of the CCSD singles and doubles amplitudes enter the CCSD(T–n) series at fourth order (the CCSD(T–4) model), we are able to separate these effects from the total energy correction and thereby emphasize their crucial importance. Furthermore, we illustrate how the ΛCCSD[T]/(T) and CCSD[T]/(T) models, which in slightly different manners augment the CCSD energy by the [T] and (T) corrections rationalized from many-body perturbation theory, may be viewed as approximations to the second-order CCSD(T–2) model. From numerical comparisons with the CCSD(T–n) models, we show that the extraordinary performance of the ΛCCSD[T]/(T) and CCSD[T]/(T) models relies on fortuitous, yet rather consistent, cancellations of errors. As a side product of our investigations, we are led to reconsider the asymmetric ΛCCSD[T] model due to both its rigorous theoretical foundation and its performance, which is shown to be similar to that of the CCSD(T) model for systems at equilibrium geometry and superior to it for distorted systems. In both the calculations at equilibrium and distorted geometries, however, the ΛCCSD[T] and CCSD(T) models are shown to be outperformed by the fourth-order CCSD(T–4) model.
On the convergence of perturbative coupled cluster triples expansions: Error cancellations in the CCSD(T) model and the importance of amplitude relaxation
Janus J. Eriksen, Poul Jørgensen, Jürgen Gauss; On the convergence of perturbative coupled cluster triples expansions: Error cancellations in the CCSD(T) model and the importance of amplitude relaxation. J. Chem. Phys. 7 January 2015; 142 (1): 014102. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4904754
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