Ab initio investigation of the N2-HF complex: Accurate structure and energetics

David E. Woon, Thorn H. Dunning, Kirk A. Peterson

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Augmented correlation consistent basis sets of double (aug-cc-pVDZ), triple (aug-cc-pVTZ), and modified quadruple zeta (aug-cc-pVQZ′) quality have been employed to describe the N2-HF potential energy surface at the Hartree-Fock level and with single reference correlated wave functions including Møller-Plesset perturbation theory (MP2, MP3, MP4) and coupled cluster methods [CCSD, CCSD(T)]. The most accurate computed equilibrium binding energies De are (with counterpoise correction) 810 cm-1 (MP4/aug-cc-pVQZ′) and 788 cm-1 [CCSD(T)/aug-cc-pVQZ′]. Estimated complete basis set limits of 814 cm-1 (MP4) and 793 cm-1 [CCSD(T)] indicate that the large basis set results are essentially converged. Harmonic frequencies and zero-point energies were determined through the aug-cc-pVTZ level. Combining the zero point energies computed at the aug-cc-pVTZ level with the equilibrium binding energies computed at the aug-cc-pVQZ′ level, we predict D0 values of 322 and 296 cm-1, respectively, at the MP4 and CCSD(T) levels of theory. Using experimental anharmonic frequencies, on the other hand, the CCSD(T) value of D0 is increased to 415 cm-1, in good agreement with the experimental value recently reported by Miller and co-workers, 398±2 cm-1.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5883-5891
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number15
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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