Dynamical and nondynamical correlation

Kam Wah Mok, Ralf Neumann, Nicholas C. Handy

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The variation of correlation energies with bond distances of various first row diatomic molecules has been studied. Self-consistent field and complete active space self-consistent field potential curves of these molecules have been calculated. Exact potential energy curves are constructed from experimental data using the RydbergKlein-Rees method. With appropriate definitions, the dynamical and nondynamical correlation energies are obtained and the variation of these with bond distance is calculated. Two definitions of nondynamical correlation are examined. Classifying the angular correlation as dynamical seems to be a better way to partition the correlation energy. The correlation functionals of density functional theory, VWN, LYP, and P86, are also evaluated and compared with the ab initia dynamical correlation energies. LYP appears to give the closest agreement with the dynamical correlation energy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6225-6230
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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