4.7 Dual-Basis Self-Consistent Field Calculations

4.7.2 Dual-Basis Dynamics

The ability to compute SCF and MP2 energies and forces at reduced cost makes dual-basis calculations attractive for ab initio molecular dynamics simulations, which are described in Section 10.7. Dual-basis BOMD has demonstrated867 savings of 58%, even relative to state-of-the-art, Fock-extrapolated BOMD. Savings are further increased to 71% for dual-basis RI-MP2 dynamics. Notably, these timings outperform estimates of extended Lagrangian (“Car-Parrinello”) dynamics, without detrimental energy conservation artifacts that are sometimes observed in the latter.367

Two algorithm improvements make modest but worthwhile improvements to dual-basis dynamics. First, the iterative, small-basis calculation can benefit from Fock matrix extrapolation.367 Second, extrapolation of the response equations (“Z-vector” equations) for nuclear forces further increases efficiency.870 (See Section 10.7.) Q-Chem automatically adjusts to extrapolate in the proper basis set when DUAL_BASIS_ENERGY is activated.