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4.8 Hartree-Fock and Density-Functional Perturbative Corrections

4.8.1 Introduction

(February 4, 2022)

Closely related to the dual-basis approach of Section 4.7, but somewhat more general, is the Hartree-Fock perturbative correction (HFPC) developed by Deng et al..264, 265 An HFPC calculation consists of an iterative HF calculation in a small primary basis followed by a single Fock matrix formation, diagonalization, and energy evaluation in a larger, secondary basis. In the following, we denote a conventional HF calculation by HF/basis, and a HFPC calculation by HFPC/primary/secondary. Using a primary basis of n functions, the restricted HF matrix elements for a 2m-electron system are

Fμν=hμν+λσnPλσ[(μν|λσ)-12(μλ|νσ)] (4.59)

Solving the Roothaan-Hall equation in the primary basis results in molecular orbitals and an associated density matrix, 𝐏. In an HFPC calculation, 𝐏 is subsequently used to build a new Fock matrix, 𝐅[1], in a larger secondary basis of N functions

Fab[1]=hab+λσnPλσ[(ab|λσ)-12(aλ|bσ)] (4.60)

where λ, σ indicate primary basis functions and a, b represent secondary basis functions. Diagonalization of 𝐅[1] affords improved molecular orbitals and an associated density matrix 𝐏[1]. The HFPC energy is given by

EHFPC=abNPab[1]hab+12abcdNPab[1]Pcd[1][2(ab|cd)-(ac|bd)] (4.61)

where a, b, c and d represent secondary basis functions. This differs from the DBHF energy evaluation where 𝐏𝐏[1], rather than 𝐏[1]𝐏[1], is used. The inclusion of contributions that are quadratic in 𝐏𝐏[1] is the key reason for the fact that HFPC is more accurate than DBHF.

Unlike dual-basis HF, HFPC does not require that the small basis be a proper subset of the large basis, and is therefore able to jump between any two basis sets. Benchmark study of HFPC on a large and diverse data set of total and reaction energies demonstrate that, for a range of primary/secondary basis set combinations, the HFPC scheme can reduce the error of the primary calculation by around two orders of magnitude at a cost of about one third that of the full secondary calculation.264, 265

A density-functional version of HFPC (“DFPC”)266 seeks to combine the low cost of pure DFT calculations using small bases and grids, with the high accuracy of hybrid calculations using large bases and grids. The DFPC approach is motivated by the dual-functional method of Nakajima and Hirao803 and the dual-grid scheme of Tozer et al.1131 Combining these features affords a triple perturbation: to the functional, to the grid, and to the basis set. We call this approach density-functional “triple jumping”.