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Questions tagged [density-functional-theory]

Density functional theory (DFT) is a quantum mechanical model used to estimate the electronic structure of molecules and condensed matter. In broad terms, DFT works by treating all the electrons in the system as a single electron density, and computing physical quantities of interest as functionals of that electron density. (from Physics.SE)

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Convergence failure

I trying to run a DFT calculation with the following job input: ...
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Is the exchange interaction always less in value than coulomb interaction? (Absolute values of both.)

I wonder for 2 electron interactions whether exchange interaction (K) is always less than the coulomb interaction(J) value in all cases (HF or DFT) or there is no such necessity? Does it depend on the ...
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What's the most complete basis set for DFT?

I'm trying to benchmark some NMR chemical shifts. The literature suggests that the pcS-4 basis set will be the most accurate. I was wondering if there were any basis sets that are more complete than ...
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Reference states for molecular orbital energies in DFT calculations

When doing a population analysis using density functional theory (specifically as implemented in Gaussian), what are the orbital energies (i.e. alpha and beta eigenvalues) with respect to? If I have ...
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Why can we know a materials properties by knowing its ground state at 0K - DFT

I have had this doubt ever since I was introduced to DFT. For what I gathered whatever results you obtained with DFT (by using VASP, quantum expresso or any other software) you can say those ...
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Ab initio MD simulations in VASP

I'm not sure if this is an appropriate question for Chemistry.SE, but I'm taking a stab. I'm running ab initio MD calculations in VASP and I'm trying to optimize different input tags. On the VASP ...
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Strange “far out” orbitals in HF and DFT calculations. Why do they occur?

I calculated some orbitals and I get quite strange results with orbital geometries I wouldn't expect from MO theory. A more experienced colleague just said: "That's always the case with big basis sets,...
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Natural orbital population analysis in Gaussian

Within (restricted) density functional theory and Hartree-Fock, respectively the Kohn-Sham orbitals and spin orbitals are the natural orbitals, with occupation numbers either 2 or 0. As I understood, ...
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Correlation energy in quantum chemistry

In density functional theory (DFT) there is classic Coulomb energy and non-classic correlation energy. But what is difference between them? In books these energies are explained very similarly. Both ...
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Calculation of rate constant for bimolecular reaction from Gaussian DFT calculations

I am working with a bimolecular reaction for which I have computed the energy profile. I have output files for TS and reactants which I intend to use for rate constant calculations. From TST we have: ...
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How is occupation number of lowest unoccupied natural orbital defined?

I have run some calculations to analyse the occupation of natural orbitals. Since it is needed to run in triplet state, I get two orbitals with occupation number 1. Now, which orbital occupation ...
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What is density in density functional theory?

This may be dumb question. Please bear with me. Density functional theory (DFT) is a successful theory for electronic structure calculations of materials. In DFT, electron density is the fundamental ...
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Relationship between the 2nd theorem of Hohenberg and Kohn and the Variational Principle

In Density Functional Theory, the 2nd theorem of Hohenberg and Kohn states: The electron density of the system that minimises the ground-state energy is the exact electron density of the system. ...
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Finding the weighted parameters of the vertex adjacency matrix for a derivative of azulene

In my last question ( Numbering in a derivative of azulene ), I asked about the numbered of a molecule in order to find the Vertex Adjacency Matrix (VAM) of the same molecule. To explain my question ...
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Q-chem equivalent solvent settings for Gaussian NMR ab inito methods

I'm attempting to use Q-Chem 5.0 to replicate CHESHIRE-esque http://cheshirenmr.info/ ab initio calculations of chemical shift values. Unfortunately Gaussian seems to be the predominant tool in this ...
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Hartree product and the Slater determinant

I am very new to theoretical chemistry so my question may sound very basic to most. It is known that the Hartree product does not satisfy the antisymmetry principle for electrons while the Slater ...
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How to calculate the magnetic exchange coupling in a charged radical complex?

I have a neutral complex with two magnetic centers. For this case it is easy to calculate the exchange coupling as the broken symmetry state is converged properly. But when I am making the complex ...
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How does MP2 level of theory affect the natural orbital picture of the system?

I have performed CASSCF calculations for a series of molecules with varying input orbitals. I have used UNO, UHF, ROHF and MP2 based natural orbitals to perform the CASSCF calculations. For my system ...
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Magnetic couplings using DFT in a spin frustrated system

I’m working with a trimeric copper system that have the classic triangular shape and experiences spin frustration. This is my first time dealing with such system and, so far, from what I’m reading, I ...
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Why are the calculated NMR values on the DFT & GIAO level of cyclopentane-1,3-dione so far off?

I'm trying to simulate the 13C NMR spectrum of cyclopentane-1,3-dione (PubChem CID: 77466; CAS 3859-41-4; ChemSpider ID: 69875; SDBS No: 15258; SMILES: C1CC(=O)CC1=O...
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How to use dispersion correction with TPSSh in Gaussian 16?

A colleague of mine suggested to use TPSSh as a functional. Since I am applying Grimme's D3 dispersion correction by default, I was surprised that it wasn't implemented in the standard density ...
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Why density functional theory favors a uniform electron density?

Why density functional theory (DFT) favors a uniform electron density when we use it to calculate ground state electronic structure self-consistently? For example, when we use DFT for calculating ...
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How are imaginary frequencies and force constant calculated by DFT?

Computational calculations allow us to simulate the frequencies of molecules. They can even tell us if the optimized structure is a minimum, a saddle point or a maximum according to the number of ...
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How to know about radical character of a diradical molecule?

I understand that the radical character is quantified by the occupation number of the lowest unoccupied natural orbital obtained from UHF calculations or from CASSCF calculations. My issue is that I ...
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Determining global minimum structures for ion-water clusters

What is the best way to find the global minimum structure(or get close to it) for an ion and N waters? (i.e. ion cluster in vacuum) For example, consider Flouride ion cluster with N=5 waters. I want ...
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Is it possible to define the coordinates of an atom using other coordinates while optimizing in gaussian 16?

I know it is possible to fix the value of composite expressions using generalized internal coordinates (gic) in gaussian 16. But is it possible to assign that value to the coordinate of another atom. ...
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calculate SPE using dummy/ghost atoms in NWChem

I have been making some failed attempts to calculate interaction energy of 2 monomers using a dummy/ghost atom in NWChem6.5. The code I was using to calculate the interaction energy is: ...
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What to do with (large) imaginary frequencies for constrained minimum structures?

I am performing DFT calculations using ORCA 4.0.1 on an enzyme active site model. The model contains 89 atoms including the substrate (see Animation 1), five of which are fixed in space (the spherical ...
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DFT calculation of solids with different periods

I would like to simulate a layer of graphene on a solid substrate, say Cu or quartz. I'm interested in their binding energy and other physical or chemical properties. However, their periods do not ...
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Periodic boundary conditions in DFT for cylindrical system

As I understand it, a DFT calculation uses periodic boundary conditions, whenever you want to simulate a bulk material. This is convenient because all information can then be extracted from the ...
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Understanding the basics of DFT [closed]

I have recently started doing DFT calculations as part of my PhD. The general approach to DFT in my department appears to be that it is regarded as a tool for doing calculations, which need not be ...
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Possible to Calculate Electronic Charge Distributions/Densities for Organic Molecules?

I was wondering if there are any programs that can calculate the electronic charge distributions around an organic molecule, possibly in the form of a volumetric charge volume density? I am reading up ...
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Small but modest displacements at negligible forces from DFT

When looking at a Gaussian log file today, I noticed the following information in the convergence criterion section after an analytical frequency calculation was performed: ...
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Is there a reliable way to determine if a chemical system is more suited to be calculated using a multireference method instead of DFT?

Some time ago I recall hearing a professor say that looking at a DFT result (I don't remember exactly what, a TD-DFT, spin contamination etc...), he could tell that the system was multireferenced. My ...
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What exactly does setting the net charge in a DFT calculation do?

In the implementations of DFT using Gaussian basis sets, it is common to set the net charge. What exactly does this do? The Gaussian (program) manual, for instance, says that it introduces a ...
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Use of basis set in DFT (Density Functional Theory)

Basis sets are used to guess the electronic wave functions for Hartree Fock or similar methods, which are quite legitimate since these methods deal with the wave function of each and every electron. ...
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How to calculate the energy of a single proton? [closed]

Using e.g. the VWN5 functional, what is a simple way to calculate the energy of a single proton? Of course, it is not possible to perform a calculation of a proton in isolation, as it bears no ...
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Calculating dipole moments from atomic partial charges

How can I calculate dipole moment of a complex molecule where the partial charges are available from density functional theory? I have the coordinates of each atom from atomistic simulations of an ...
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Scan type of DFT calculations adding Freq=Raman keyword [duplicate]

I´m doing a scan calculation by adding Freq=Raman keyword. My objective is to obtain the Raman spectrum of each conformation in my compound. However, when i write the Freq=Raman Keyword, only the ...
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How does one actually get the energy from the Kohn–Sham equations?

This might be a silly question, but how does one acquire the energy of the system from the Kohn–Sham equations? $\left[ -\frac{1}{2}\nabla^2 + V_{eN}(\vec{r}) + V_{ee}(\vec{r}) + V_{xc}(\vec{r}) \...
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Hartree Fock and DFT - Exchange term

this might be a stupid question but I am really confused at the moment. I'm currently preparing for an exam in computational chemistry. In the lecture I noted always down that the exchange term (Pauli-...
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How to reconcile conflict between assumed oxidation state and the most stable multiplicity from electronic structure calculations?

Consider either of the small, neutral molecules containing two Zn atoms below. If I were to determine the oxidation state of Zn from this molecule, I would formally assume each Zn to be Zn(I) in order ...
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Determining Kohn-Sham and Hartree Fock virtual orbitals: The underlying field

In Frank Jensen Introduction to Computational Chemistry from 2007, I stumbled upon this paragraph about whether to assign meaning to the KS orbitals or not Another difference is that the unoccupied ...
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PBE vs. PBEPBE functional

I've found good explanation what the PBE functional is. However, sometimes I see PBEPBE and I cannot find any good information about what this means and how it's different from PBE. The Gaussian ...
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How to optimize graphene geometry with Gaussian?

I am new to Gaussian and I want to optimize graphene using DFT. After the the geometry optimization it has been severely changed, and some bonds were set as double and triple. Why am I unable to get ...
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How do I get a value of the Gibbs energy of formation at 0 K and 0 bar?

The standard Gibbs free energy of formation for copper(II) oxide, $\ce{CuO}$, is $\Delta_\mathrm fG (\pu{298.15 K},\pu{1 bar}) = \pu{-129.7 kJ mol-1}$. How can I get $\Delta_\mathrm fG (\pu{0 K},\pu{...
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DFT: Can the calculated enthalpy of two systems that aren't isoelectronic be compared?

As a simple example, say I wish to calculate the product of a reaction between methyl iodide and triethylamine, then compare it with the product of benzyl iodide and triethylamine. My goal is to ...
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How to define the initial guess for the electron density?

This is a technical question. If I have a one-dimensional box of length L, and an electron density existing in the box and integrating to N electrons. And if I want to determine the electron density ...
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When is it necessary to check wavefunction stability in density functional theory?

In Gaussian, there is a stable keyword that checks the stability of the wavefunction. Using stable=opt reoptimizes the ...
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Ground state oxidation potential and Ionization potential from density functional theory (DFT)

Can someone please tell me how to calculate the ground state oxidation potential (GSOP)? I understand that according to Koopmans' theorem, the negative of HOMO can be considered as the GSOP. Is there ...