Accelerating wavefunction in density-functional-theory embedding by truncating the active basis set

Simon J. Bennie, Martina Stella, Thomas F. Miller, Frederick R. Manby

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Methods where an accurate wavefunction is embedded in a density-functional description of the surrounding environment have recently been simplified through the use of a projection operator to ensure orthogonality of orbital subspaces. Projector embedding already offers significant performance gains over conventional post-Hartree-Fock methods by reducing the number of correlated occupied orbitals. However, in our first applications of the method, we used the atomic-orbital basis for the full system, even for the correlated wavefunction calculation in a small, active subsystem. Here, we further develop our method for truncating the atomic-orbital basis to include only functions within or close to the active subsystem. The number of atomic orbitals in a calculation on a fixed active subsystem becomes asymptotically independent of the size of the environment, producing the required O (N 0) scaling of cost of the calculation in the active subsystem, and accuracy is controlled by a single parameter. The applicability of this approach is demonstrated for the embedded many-body expansion of binding energies of water hexamers and calculation of reaction barriers of S<inf>N</inf>2 substitution of fluorine by chlorine in α-fluoroalkanes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number024105
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jul 2015


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