7.10 Coupled-Cluster Excited-State and Open-Shell Methods

7.10.7 EOM-CC Calculations of Metastable States: Super-Excited Electronic States, Temporary Anions, and More

While conventional coupled-cluster and equation-of-motion methods allow one to tackle electronic structure ranging from well-behaved closed shell molecules to various open-shell and electronically excited species,512 meta-stable electronic states, so-called resonances, present a difficult case for theory. By using complex scaling and complex absorbing potential techniques, we extended these powerful methods to describe auto-ionizing states, such as transient anions, highly excited electronic states, and core-ionized species.100, 425, 424 In addition, users can employ stabilization techniques using charged sphere and scaled atomic charges options.520 These methods are only available within CCMAN2. The complex CC/EOM code is engaged by COMPLEX_CCMAN; the specific parameters should be specified in the $complex_ccman section.

       Requests complex-scaled or CAP-augmented CC/EOM calculations.
       TRUE Engage complex CC/EOM code.
       Not available in CCMAN. Need to specify CAP strength or complex-scaling parameter in $complex_ccman section.

The $complex_ccman section is used to specify the details of the complex-scaled/CAP calculations, as illustrated below. If user specifies CS_THETA, complex scaling calculation is performed.

   CS_THETA  10   Complex-scaling parameter theta=0.01, r->r exp(-i*theta)
   CS_ALPHA  10   Real part of the scaling parameter alpha=0.01,
!                 r->alpha r exp(-itheta)

Alternatively, for CAP calculations, the CAP parameters need to be specified.

   CAP_ETA  1000  CAP strength in 10-5 a.u. (0.01)
   CAP_X    2760  CAP onset along X in 10^-3 bohr (2.76 bohr)
   CAP_Y    2760  CAP onset along Y in 10^-3 bohr (2.76 bohr)
   CAP_Z    4880  CAP onset along Z in 10^-3 bohr (4.88 bohr)
   CAP_TYPE 1     Use cuboid cap (CAP_TYPE=0/2 will use spherical/Voronoi CAP)

The CAP_TYPE field specifies the type of the CAP. The current options are: spherical CAP (CAP_TYPE = 0), cuboid CAP (CAP_TYPE = 1), and Voronoi’s899 CAP (CAP_TYPE = 2). In the calculations with Voronoi’s CAP, the onset is specified by the CAP_X variable.

CS_THETA is specified in radian× 10-3. CS_ALPHA, CAP_X/Y/Z are specified in a.u.× 10-3, i.e., CS_THETA = 10 means θ=0.01; CAP_ETA is specified in a.u.×10-5. The CAP is calculated by numerical integration, the default grid is 000099000590. For testing the accuracy of numerical integration, the numerical overlap matrix is calculated and compared to the analytical one. If the performance of the default grid is poor, the grid type can be changed using the keyword XC_GRID (see Section 5.5 for further details). When CAP calculations are performed, CC_EOM_PROP = 1 by default; this is necessary for calculating first-order perturbative correction.

EOM-CCSD with complex basis functions CBFs (see Section 4.9.5) can be enabled by setting COMPLEX_CCMAN = TRUE and enabling complex basis functions with COMPLEX_EXPONENTS = TRUE. As with mean-field calculations the complex basis must be specified as in described in Section 8.7.

Advanced users may find the following options useful. Several ways of conducing complex calculations are possible, i.e., complex scaling/CAPs can be either engaged at all levels (HF, CCSD, EOM), or not. When applied at post Hartree-Fock level, CAP can either be added to all blocks of the Fock matrix or restricted to the virtual-virtual block only. The latter approach, known as projected CAP 841, improves the stability of the calculation results with respect to CAP onset by reducing a CAP-induced perturbation on the target states through the occupied orbital space.

CAP projection is currently implemented only for EE/EA calculations and is invoked by setting PROJ_CAP key in the $complex_ccman section as follows. PROJ_CAP = 1 deploys CAP/EOM-CCSD with projected CAP added at the CCSD and EOM steps. PROJ_CAP = 2 deploys CAP/EOM-CCSD/MP2/MP2T with projected CAP added at the EOM step. The latter implies that T-amplitudes (Sec. 7.10.2) are obtained from a real-valued calculation (for zero CAP strength) and can be reused to generate complex eigenvalue trajectories by specifying ETA_STEP and NSTEPS parameters in $complex_ccman.

By default, if COMPLEX_CCMAN is specified, the EOM calculations are conducted using complex code. Other parameters are set up as follows:

  CS_HF   = true
  CS_CCSD = true

Alternatively, the user can disable complex HF. These options are experimental and should only be used by advanced users. For CAP-EOM-CC, only CS_HF = TRUE and CS_CCSD = TRUE is implemented.

Non-iterative triples corrections are available for all complex scaled and CAP-augmented CC/EOM-CC models and requested in analogy to regular CC/EOM-CC (see Section 7.10.23 for details).

Molecular properties and transition moments are requested for complex scaled or CAP-augmented CC/EOM-CC calculations in analogy to regular CC/EOM-CC (see Section 7.10.18 for details). Natural orbitals and natural transition orbitals can be computed and the exciton wave-functions can be analyzed, similarly to real-valued EOM-CCSD (same keywords are used to invoke the analysis). Analytic gradients are available for complex CC/EOM-CC only for cuboid CAPs (CAP_TYPE = 1) introduced at the HF level (CS_HF = TRUE), as described in Ref. 63. The frozen core approximation is disabled for CAP-CC/EOM-CC gradient calculations. Geometry optimization can be requested in the same way as in regular CC/EOM-CC (see Section 7.10.18 for details).