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What quantity to perform CBS extrapolation on for adsorption/binding energies?

When calculating complete basis set extrapolations for quantities, such as adsorption energies or binding energies, which depend on the difference between three quantities (i.e. $E_\textrm{prop} = E_\...
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How to create a differential spectrum from two simulated spectra, calculated by two different basis sets?

In my bachelor thesis, I compare simulated IR-spectra computed by different basis sets. The simulated spectra from sets like cc-pVTZ and cc-pVQZ are too similar to compare them by plotting them next ...
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PES of Tetramethylthiuramdisulfid / Problem with Disulfidbridge

I like to perform a DFT Study on Tetramethylthiuramdisulfid. So I made a structure optimization for my start structur with PW6B95D3/aug-cc-pvtz to get a good structure to begin my dihedral scan to get ...
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Is it possible to make segmented contracted basis sets for correlated calculations?

The segmented contracted basis sets are usually handled well by the QM programs than generally contracted basis sets, as the primitives are not repeated. The correlation consistent basis sets (cc-PVnZ)...
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When are atomic-orbital-basis (rather than plane-wave) methods appropriate in periodic DFT?

For example, GPAW supports both plane-wave and atomic-orbital basis methods. I know that atomic-orbital basis methods can have difficulty with electrons occupying vacancies for example, but what ...
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Gaussian-type orbitals vs Slater-type orbitals in terms of computational efficiency

When creating molecular orbitals via the linear combination of atomic orbitals method I am told that Slater orbitals provide a more accurate representation whilst Gaussian orbitals are computationally ...
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How are molecular orbitals constructed from the coefficients and basis set?

When an SCF calculation is done in a QM program, the MO coefficients of the solution are printed into the output. Now, graphical softwares can plot 3D molecular orbitals from these coefficients, ...
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Understanding the difference between Dunning and Karlsruhe basis sets

I have heard that TURBOMOLE works extremely fast (even compared to MOLPRO) with def2 basis sets, but is slow if Dunning basis sets are used. What is it about def2 basis sets that allows calculations ...
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How is “basis set projection” done?

I recently came across something called the basis set projection in Q-chem's manual. What it seems to do is to take the converged SCF in a smaller basis set, and then "projects" that onto a ...
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What are the physical consequences of adding a constant to the diagonal of the effective Hamiltonian of monolayer materials?

Effective Hamiltonians modeling many-layered materials are often tuned using some sort of bias voltage. For instance, in a $4\times 4$ Hamiltonian matrix to describe biased bilayer graphene using some ...
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How should I compare different basis sets for post-Hartree-Fock methods?

HF or DFT methods are variational so I can confidently say that any basis set that gives the lowest energy is the best for that system. However, I have learnt that post-HF methods such as MP2, MP3, ...
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Is basis set superposition error reduced when using the GAPW method?

CP2K implements the Gaussian and Augmented Planewaves (GAPW) approach for all-electron calculations. My understanding is that the GAPW method involves using atom-centered Gaussian type orbitals to ...
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What's the best way to compare two DFT codes?

What's the most efficient way to compare the two DFT codes in terms of computation time, basis sets (for example, one plane wave vs one atomic orbitals), functional performance, etc.?
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Approximate equivalence table between Pople's basis sets and Jensen's DFT optimized polarization consistent basis sets (pcseg-n)

At first I posted this question in chemistry.stackexchange.com, before materials.stackexchange.com was launched in beta. As it went unaswered, I'm giving a try here. I have some calculations results ...
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Which software is good with generally contracted basis sets?

Recently, I learnt that basis sets can be contracted as segmented (like def2 or 6-31G) or general (like cc-PVTZ, or ANO). The general contraction allows all the primitives to appear in all shells, ...
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Optimization of Gaussian basis sets within the Hartree-Fock Method

I am revisiting some exercises in Thijssen's Computational Physics book, particularly chapter 4 on the Hartree-Fock method. I am interested in the method of nonlinear optimisation for its own purposes,...
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What are the positives and negatives of periodic DFT codes that don't use plane-wave basis sets?

Most periodic density functional theory (DFT) codes use plane-wave basis sets in conjunction with three-dimensional periodic boundary conditions. In contrast, for molecular systems of finite size, ...
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Which basis set should be used for a system that contains both anions and cations?

I am trying to model a system that has both anions and cations interacting with each other. (In this case it is calcium ion interacting with two small carboxylic acid molecules). Now, looking through ...
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p-orbitals in STO-3G basis set

I look at the STO-3G basis set for Carbon atom (downloaded from the basissetexchange.org) and I see one set of exponents and two sets of coefficients for the p-orbitals. How do these exponents and ...
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What are the some other ways to handle BSSE rather than counterpoise correction and using larger basis sets? [closed]

What one can do to eliminate basis set superposition error (BSSE) if there is no chance to use larger basis sets or counterpoise correction.
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Which basis set families were optimized to give the lowest possible variational energy for a given number of orbitals?

Dunning's basis set families (such as cc-pVXZ and aug-cc-pCVXZ) were not optimized to give the lowest variational energy for a given number of orbitals. For example the S-type orbitals are optimized, ...
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What functions other than Gaussians are used for orbital basis sets?

The Gaussian function $\propto\exp((x-a)^2/b)$ with $b>0$ is one of the most common functions used in molecular modelling (e.g. Gaussian type orbitals). What are some examples of applications of ...
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Why were no correlation consistent basis sets for potassium contracted for a non-relativistic Hamiltonian?

On basis set exchange, the only correlation consistent (cc) basis sets for potassium, are relativistic (labelled by X2C). Very recently (I consider 2017 quite recent, because most Dunning basis sets ...
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Avoiding charge-migration in electronic structure calculations with solvent-like environments

When performing electronic structure calculations on a molecule one can surround it with point charges to mimic a solvent environment and lend polarization effects. There is a bit of a caveat ...
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Are there properties that can only be calculated with a given set-up?

If you do a bibliography search about the codes used in matter modeling, you will find a large list. I played with a few of them (both free and commercial) and one of my findings is that the ...
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How to interpret molden AO/MO coefficients?

A simple calculation with Molpro 2012 on H2 molecule in cc-pvtz basis produces a molden file with 28 molecular orbitals. Each MO is defined with 30 AO/MO coefficient, but the number of symmetric AOs ...
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How trustworthy is the Tran-Blaha modified Becke-Johnson potential and how does it perform across basis sets?

When modeling solid-state materials and particularly semiconductors, one must go beyond LDA and GGA. One alternative is to use hybrid functionals or the $GW$ method. However, this can be very ...
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What are the scientific justifications of the binding energy equation?

There are many problems where we want to calculate the binding energy between two systems. Normally, we have a system A, adsorbent (a surface, a nanotube, a protein, etc.), that interact with a system ...
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What are good basis sets and functionals for Ni, Cd and Pb?

I will setup a single point energy calculation using Gaussian for a system containing atoms of B-N-Ni, B-N-Pb and B-N-Cd. The system are slabs of boron-nitride [1,2] interacting with those metals. ...
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What are the advantages of plane wave basis? [duplicate]

For systems with periodic boundary condition , plane wave basis is usually adopted. While for molecular systems, gaussian basis set is normally adopted. For periodic systems, the gaussian basis is ...
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Predicting linear dependencies in a basis set in advance of calculating any integrals

I've been doing some calculations for a water molecule, with a big uncontracted basis set: For oxygen I am using aug-cc-pV9Z supplemented with the "tight" functions from cc-pCV7Z. The s-type exponents ...
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Functionals/basis sets optimized with respect to properties?

In general (at least for molecular calculations) basis sets and DFT functionals are fit to some high level calculation or experimental energy. It is speculated that an accurate energy will result in ...
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How does a complete basis set remove Pulay forces/stress?

When finding nuclear forces for the true electronic wavefunction, thanks to the Hellmann-Feynman theorem we only need to consider explicit derivatives with respect to the nuclear coordinates $\mathbf{...
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When using the “even tempered method” for augmenting basis sets, what justification is there for the numerical factor which is used?

Diffuse functions are often added to basis sets using "even-tempered" exponents, or sometimes I have heard the phrase "even tempering". In this paper by Jacek Koput, the author says "the customary ...
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What methods can be used to calculate excited-states in molecular crystals?

In periodic systems plane-wave basis functions are often used. In a previous question on this site it was questioned if plane-wave basis-sets are reliable for modeling adsorption-processes The ...
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Are plane-wave basis sets reliable for modeling adsorption processes?

Plane-wave basis sets are useful in the calculation of periodic systems and can be used in combination with pseudopotentials. However, when dealing with surfaces the system is no longer periodic in, ...