By Karol Jankowski (auth.), Stephen Wilson (eds.)

When, 40 years in the past, as a pupil of Charles Coulson in Oxford i started paintings in theoretical chemistry, i used to be supplied with a Brunsviga calculator-a small machine with a deal with for propulsion, steel levers for atmosphere the numbers, and a bell that rang to point overflow. What has in view that emerge as often called computational chemistry was once simply starting. There an extended interval during which the basic concept of the "golden age" (1925-1935) used to be prolonged and sophisticated and within which the desires of the early practitioners have been progressively became challenging mathematics truth. As a still-computing survivor from the early postwar days now having fun with the advantages of unbelievably superior undefined, i'm joyful to give a contribution a foreword to this sequence and to give you the option of supplying a bit ancient point of view. After the Brunsviga got here the electromechanical machines of the past due Nineteen Forties and early Nineteen Fifties, and an excellent aid within the burden of calculating molecular wavefunctions. We have been now satisfied. a minimum of for platforms con­ taining a number of electrons it was once attainable to make totally ab initio calculations, although semiempirical versions remained integral for many molecules of daily curiosity. The 1950 papers of corridor and of Roothaan represented a huge milestone alongside the line to larger-scale non­ empirical calculations, extending the prewar paintings of Hartree and Fock from many-electron atoms to many-electron molecules-and therefore into "real chemistry.

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5 % of the total correlation energy. The authors were somewhat disappointed with this result and concluded that the correlation in pp and sp pairs is comparatively poorly represented by Hylleraas functions. It seems, however, that more experience with explicitly correlated basis functions for larger atoms is required before one could fully estimate the applicability of this method. Recent variational-perturbation results(61) seem to lead to more optimistic conclusions. It may be worthwhile mentioning that the very compact forms of the CI-Hy wave functions do not imply any reduction in computation time in comparison with CI calculations of comparable accuracy.

It turns out that such a type of CI expansion has important conceptual as well as computational advantages. Since the distribution of electrons in the active orbitals is complete, long CI expansions are encountered. However, the CASSCF method is well suited for the implementation of the direct-CI approach ingeniously coupled with unitary- and symmetry-group techniques, which allows it to handle expansions of the order of 104 terms. , the papers of ROOS(107) and Siegbahn. (l08» Computational evidence exists that indicates that CASSCF is particularly well suited for the evaluation of energy differences.

This is especially true if numerical radial orbitals are considered. Such a situation is generally attributed to the lack of cancellation of the self-energy term in the HF equations, relative to the virtual orbitals, which results in very diffused or even unbound orbitals. Several methods to alleviate this problem have been devised. One can follow Kelly(69) and generate the virtual orbitals in the HF potential field of the nucleus and N - 1 of the N ground state orbitals (the V N - 1 potential) or employ the more general approach of the Huzinaga-Arnau type, (70) in which the virtual orbitals are determined in a different potential than the occupied orbitals.

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