In the variational subspace valence bond (VSVB) [G. D. Fletcher, J. Chem. Phys. 142, 134112 (2015)] method, the electronic orbitals comprising the wave function correspond to chemically meaningful objects, such as bonds, lone pairs, atomic cores, and so on. Selected regions of a molecule (for example, a single chemical bond, as opposed to all the bonds) can be modeled with different levels of basis set and possible methods for modeling correlation from the other regions. The interactions between the components of a molecule (say, a bond and a neighboring orbital) can then be studied in detail for their impact on a chemical phenomenon while avoiding the expense of necessarily applying the higher levels and methods to the entire molecule. This work presents the theoretical basis for modeling correlation effects between specific electron pairs by incorporating terms in the inter-electronic coordinates (“r12”) into VSVB. The approach is validated with calculations on small systems using single-reference wave functions.
Prediction of correlation energies using variational subspace valence bond
Note: This paper is part of the JCP Special Topic on Nature of the Chemical Bond.
Graham D. Fletcher, Colleen Bertoni, Murat Keceli, Michael J. D’Mello; Prediction of correlation energies using variational subspace valence bond. J. Chem. Phys. 28 September 2022; 157 (12): 124104. https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0098146
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