Divide-and-conquer local correlation approach to the correlation energy of large molecules

Li, Wei; Li, Shuhua
October 2004
Journal of Chemical Physics;10/8/2004, Vol. 121 Issue 14, p6649
Academic Journal
A divide-and-conquer local correlation approach for correlation energy calculations on large molecules is proposed for any post-Hartree-Fock correlation method. The main idea of this approach is to decompose a large system into various fragments capped by their local environments. The total correlation energy of the whole system can be approximately obtained as the summation of correlation energies from all capped fragments, from which correlation energies from all adjacent caps are removed. This approach computationally achieves linear scaling even for medium-sized systems. Our test calculations for a wide range of molecules using the 6-31G or 6-31G** basis set demonstrate that this simple approach recovers more than 99.0% of the conventional second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory and coupled cluster with single and double excitations correlation energies. © 2004 American Institute of Physics.


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