7.2 Uncorrelated Wave Function Methods

7.2.2 Random Phase Approximation (RPA)

(June 30, 2021)

The Random Phase Approximation (RPA), 121 Bouman T. D., Hansen A. E.
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, 405 Hansen A. E., Voight B., Rettrup S.
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also known as time-dependent Hartree-Fock (TD-HF) theory, is an alternative to CIS for uncorrelated calculations of excited states. It offers some advantages for computing oscillator strengths, e.g., exact satisfaction of the Thomas-Reike-Kuhn sum rule, and is roughly comparable in accuracy to CIS for singlet excitation energies, but is inferior for triplet states. RPA energies are non-variational, and in moving around on excited-state potential energy surfaces, this method can occasionally encounter singularities that prevent numerical solution of the underlying equations, 219 Cordova F. et al.
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(2007), 127, pp. 164111.
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whereas such singularities are mathematically impossible in CIS calculations.