Date: March 17, 2006
Creator: DeYonker, Nathan J.; Cundari, Thomas R., 1964- & Wilson, Angela K.
Description: This article discusses the correlation consistent composite approach (ccCA). Abstract: An alternative to the Gaussian-n (G1, G2, and G3) composite methods of computing molecular energies is proposed and is named the "correlation consistent composite approach" (ccCA, ccCA-CBS-1, ccCA-CBS-2). This approach uses the correlation consistent polarized valence (cc-pVXZ) basis sets. The G2-1 test set of 48 enthalpies of formation (∆Hf), 38 adiabatic ionization potentials (IPs), 25 adiabatic electron affinities (EAs), and 8 adiabatic proton affinities (PAs) are computed using this approach, as well as the ∆Hf values of 30 more systems. Equilibrium molecular geometries and vibrational frequencies are obtained using B3LYP density functional theory. When applying the ccCA-CBS method with the cc-pVXZ series of basis sets augmented with diffuse functions, mean absolute deviations within the G2-1 test set compared to experiment are 1.33 kcal molˉ¹ for ∆Hf, 0.81 kcal molˉ¹ for IPs, 1.02 kcal molˉ¹ for EAs, and 1.51 kcal molˉ¹ for PAs, without including the "high-level correction" (HLC) contained in the original Gn methods. Whereas the HLC originated in the Gaussian-1 method as an isogyric correction, it evolved into a fitted parameter that minimized the error of the composite methods, eliminating its physical meaning. Recomputing the G1 and G3 enthalpies ...
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