Atomization energies from coupled-cluster calculations augmented with explicitly-correlated perturbation theory

Wim Klopper*, Branko Ruscic, David P. Tew, Florian A. Bischoff, Sandra Wolfsegger

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Abstract

The atomization energies of the 105 molecules in the test set of Bakowies [D. Bakowies, J. Chem. Phys. 127 (2007) 0841051 have been computed with an estimated standard deviation (from the values compiled in the Active Thermochemical Tables) of +/- 0.1 kJ/mol per valence electron in the molecule. Equilibrium geometries and harmonic vibrational frequencies were calculated at the all-electron CCSD(T)/cc-pCVTZ level, that is, at the level of coupled-cluster theory with singles, doubles and non-iterative triples in a correlation-consistent polarized core-valence triple-zeta basis. Single-point energy calculations were performed at the all-electron CCSD(T) level in a correlation-consistent polarized core-valence quadruple-zeta basis (cc-pCVQZ), and several corrections were added: (i) a correction for the basis-set truncation error, obtained from second-order perturbation theory using Slater-type geminals (MP2-F12 theory), (ii) a correction for the effect of anharmonicity on the zero-point vibrational energy, (iii) a relativistic correction, (iv) a correction for the difference between the full CCSDT model (coupled-cluster theory with singles, doubles and triples) and the CCSD(T) approximation, and (v) a correction for connected quadruple excitations obtained from CCSDT(Q) calculations. The correction for the basis-set truncation error was obtained from MP2-F12 calculations by scaling the MP2 basis-set truncation error by an empirically optimized "interference factor" of f(int) = 0.78. The reference values from the Active Thermochemical Tables for 73 molecules in the test set, the equilibrium geometries, the harmonic vibrational frequencies, and all of the energy corrections represent valuable data for performance assessments of additivity schemes that will be developed in the future, in which the basis-set truncation error will be calculated at the level of coupled-cluster theory using Slater-type geminals (CC-F12 theory). Such a scheme will be free of empirical corrections and scaling factors. (C) 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-24
Number of pages11
JournalChemical Physics
Volume356
Issue number1-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2009

Keywords

  • Thermochemistry
  • Atomization energy
  • Coupled-cluster theory
  • Explicitly-correlated theory
  • ACTIVE THERMOCHEMICAL TABLES
  • SET MODEL CHEMISTRY
  • ELECTRONIC-STRUCTURE THEORY
  • AB-INITIO THERMOCHEMISTRY
  • AUXILIARY BASIS-SETS
  • GAUSSIAN-BASIS SETS
  • ZETA BASIS-SETS
  • CORRELATION CUSP
  • VIBRATIONAL FREQUENCIES
  • MOLECULAR CALCULATIONS

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