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J Chem Phys. 2018 Jul 28;149(4):044112. doi: 10.1063/1.5035114.

Explicit construction of diabatic state and its application to the direct evaluation of electronic coupling.

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1
Fujian Provincial Key Laboratory of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, and College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xiamen University, Xiamen, Fujian 361005, China.
2
The State Key Laboratory of Physical Chemistry of Solid Surfaces, iChem and College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xiamen University, Xiamen, Fujian 361005, China.

Abstract

A valence bond (VB) block-diagonalization approach, named VBBDA, is proposed to construct the charge-localized diabatic state explicitly within the framework of ab initio VB theory. Since the VB structure built upon the localized orbitals represents the charge localized character of the diabatic state faithfully, we are able to obtain accurate electronic coupling between diabatic states by using a very compact VB wave function. Moreover, the potential energy curves of the diabatic states and hence the crossing points of them can be accurately evaluated. The pilot applications showed that the electronic couplings computed by the VB method are consistent with the complete active space self-consistent field method and may even be close to the results of other high-level ab initio methods such as full configuration interaction and multireference configuration interaction. In addition, the computed electronic couplings show the expected exponential attenuation for the donor-acceptor systems as the distance increases. Moreover, VBBDA has the capability for handling complicated systems based on either two-state or multi-state treatment. Finally, because of the outstanding performance of the Xiamen Valence Bond software package, which is an ab initio VB program, VBBDA is capable for systems consisting more than 1000 basis functions.

PMID:
30068198
DOI:
10.1063/1.5035114

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