The Maximum Overlap Method (MOM) is a useful alternative to CIS and TDDFT for obtaining low-cost excited states.Gilbert:2008 It works by modifying the orbital selection step in the SCF procedure. By choosing orbitals that most resemble those from the previous cycle, rather than those with the lowest eigenvalues, excited SCF determinants are able to be obtained. The MOM has several advantages over existing low-cost excited state methods. Current implementations of TDDFT usually struggle to accurately model charge-transfer and Rydberg transitions, both of which can be well-modeled using the MOM. The MOM also allows the user to target very high energy states, such as those involving excitation of core electrons,Besley:2009b which are hard to capture using other excited state methods.
In order to calculate an excited state using MOM, the user must correctly identify the orbitals involved in the transition. For example, in a transition, the and orbitals must be identified and this usually requires a preliminary calculation. The user then manipulates the orbital occupancies using the $occupied section, removing an electron from the and placing it in the . The MOM is then invoked to preserve this orbital occupancy. The success of the MOM relies on the quality of the initial guess for the calculation. If the virtual orbitals are of poor quality then the calculation may ‘fall down’ to a lower energy state of the same symmetry. Often the virtual orbitals of the corresponding cation are more appropriate for using as initial guess orbitals for the excited state.
Because the MOM states are single determinants, all of Q-Chem’s existing single determinant properties and derivatives are available. This allows, for example, analytic harmonic frequencies to be computed on excited states. The orbitals from a Hartree-Fock MOM calculation can also be used in an MP2 calculation. For all excited state calculations, it is important to add diffuse functions to the basis set. This is particularly true if Rydberg transitions are being sought. For DFT based methods, it is also advisable to increase the size of the quadrature grid so that the more diffuse densities are accurately integrated.
The following $rem is used to invoke the MOM:
$comment CO spin-purified calculation $end $molecule 0 1 C O C 1.05 $end $rem METHOD B3LYP BASIS 6-31G* $end @@@ $molecule read $end $rem METHOD B3LYP BASIS 6-31G* SCF_GUESS read MOM_START 1 UNRESTRICTED true OPSING true $end $occupied 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 $end
$molecule 1 2 C H 1 1.091480 O 1 1.214713 2 123.10 N 1 1.359042 2 111.98 3 -180.00 H 4 0.996369 1 121.06 2 -0.00 H 4 0.998965 1 119.25 2 -180.00 $end $rem METHOD B3LYP BASIS 6-311(2+,2+)G(d,p) XC_GRID 000100000194 $end @@@ $molecule 0 1 C H 1 1.091480 O 1 1.214713 2 123.10 N 1 1.359042 2 111.98 3 -180.00 H 4 0.996369 1 121.06 2 -0.00 H 4 0.998965 1 119.25 2 -180.00 $end $rem METHOD B3LYP BASIS 6-311(2+,2+)G(d,p) XC_GRID 000100000194 MOM_START 1 SCF_GUESS read UNRESTRICTED true $end $occupied 1:12 1:11 13 $end
Additionally, it is possible to perform a CIS/TDDFT calculation on top of the MOM excitation. This capability can be useful when modeling pump-probe spectra. In order to run MOM followed by CIS/TDDFT, the $rem variable CIS_N_ROOTS must be specified. Truncated subspaces may also be used, see Section 7.3.2.
$molecule 0 1 O 0.0000 0.0000 0.1168 H 0.0000 0.7629 -0.4672 H 0.0000 -0.7629 -0.4672 $end $rem METHOD B3LYP BASIS aug-cc-pvdz SYMMETRY false SYM_IGNORE true $end @@@ $molecule read $end $rem METHOD B3LYP BASIS aug-cc-pvdz SCF_GUESS read MOM_START 1 UNRESTRICTED true SYMMETRY false SYM_IGNORE true CIS_N_ROOTS 5 TRNSS true ! use truncated subspace for TDDFT TRTYPE 3 ! specify occupied orbitals CUTVIR 15 ! truncate high energy virtual orbitals N_SOL 1 ! number core orbitals, specified in $solute section $end $solute 1 $end $occupied 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 6 $end
If the MOM excitation corresponds to a core hole, a reduced subspace must be used to avoid de-excitations to the core hole. The $rem variable CORE_IONIZE allows only the hole to be specified so that not all occupied orbitals need to be entered in the $solute section.
$molecule 0 1 O 0.0000 0.0000 0.1168 H 0.0000 0.7629 -0.4672 H 0.0000 -0.7629 -0.4672 $end $rem METHOD B3LYP BASIS aug-cc-pvdz SYMMETRY false SYM_IGNORE true $end @@@ $molecule read $end $rem METHOD B3LYP BASIS aug-cc-pvdz SCF_GUESS read MOM_START 1 UNRESTRICTED true SYMMETRY false SYMMETRY_IGNORE true CIS_N_ROOTS 5 TRNSS true ! use truncated subspace for TDDFT TRTYPE 3 ! specify occupied orbitals N_SOL 1 ! number core holes, specified in $solute section CORE_IONIZE 2 ! hole orbital specified $end $solute 6 $end $occupied 1 2 3 4 5 2 3 4 5 6 $end