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Keld L. Bak

Accuracy of spectroscopic constants of diatomic molecules from ab initio calculations

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The basis-set convergence of cc-pVXZ basis sets is investigated for the MP2 and CCSD equilibrium bond distances and harmonic frequencies of BH, HF, CO, N-2, and F-2 by comparing with explicitly correlated R12 results. The convergence is, in general, smooth but slow-for example, for harmonic frequencies at the quadruple-zeta level, the basis-set error is typically 7 cm(-1); at the sixtuple-zeta level, it is about 2 cm(-1). For most constants, the convergence can be accelerated by using a two-point linear extrapolation procedure. Equilibrium bond distances, harmonic frequencies, anharmonic contributions, vibration-rotation interaction constants, and rotational constants for the vibrational ground state have been calculated for the same set of molecules using standard wave function and basis-set levels of ab initio theory. The accuracy of the calculated constants has been established by carrying out a statistical analysis of the deviations with respect to experiment. The largest errors for bond distances and harmonic frequencies calculated at the core-corrected CCSD(T)/cc-pV6Z level are 0.4 pm and 13.4 cm(-1), respectively. Much smaller errors occur for the anharmonic contributions. (C) 2003 American Institute of Physics.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Volume118
Issue6
Pages (from-to)2539-2549
Number of pages11
ISSN0021-9606
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Feb 2003

    Research areas

  • BASIS-SET CONVERGENCE, CONFIGURATION-INTERACTION CALCULATIONS, COUPLED-CLUSTER METHOD, GAUSSIAN-BASIS SETS, WAVE-FUNCTIONS, BENCHMARK CALCULATIONS, CORRELATED CALCULATIONS, ATOMIZATION ENERGIES, CORRELATION CUSP, H2O

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