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Similar to MP2 and CIS(D), the ADC equations can be reformulated using the resolution-of-the-identity (RI) approximation. This significantly reduces the cost of the integral transformation and the storage requirements. Although it does not change the overall computational scaling of $O({N}^{5})$ for ADC(2)-s or $O({N}^{6})$ for ADC(2)-x with the system size, employing the RI approximation will result in computational speed-up of calculations of larger systems.

The RI approximation can be used with all available ADC methods. It is invoked as soon as an auxiliary basis set is specified using AUX_BASIS.