Convergent partially augmented basis sets for post-hartree-fock calculations of molecular properties and reaction barrier heights

Ewa Papajak, Donald G. Truhlar

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Abstract

We present sets of convergent, partially augmented basis set levels corresponding to subsets of the augmented "aug-cc-pV(n+d)Z" basis sets of Dunning and co-workers. We show that for many molecular properties a basis set fully augmented with diffuse functions is computationally expensive and almost always unnecessary. On the other hand, unaugmented cc-pV(n+d)Z basis sets are insufficient for many properties that require diffuse functions. Therefore, we propose using intermediate basis sets. We developed an efficient strategy for partial augmentation, and in this article, we test it and validate it. Sequentially deleting diffuse basis functions from the "aug" basis sets yields the "jul", "jun", "may", "apr", etc. basis sets. Tests of these basis sets for Møller-Plesset second-order perturbation theory (MP2) show the advantages of using these partially augmented basis sets and allow us to recommend which basis sets offer the best accuracy for a given number of basis functions for calculations on large systems. Similar truncations in the diffuse space can be performed for the aug-cc-pVxZ, aug-cc-pCVxZ, etc. basis sets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10-18
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Chemical Theory and Computation
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 11 2011

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