Topography of scalar fields: molecular clusters and π-conjugated systems

Yeole, Sachin D. ; Gadre, Shridhar R. (2011) Topography of scalar fields: molecular clusters and π-conjugated systems The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 115 (45). pp. 12769-12779. ISSN 1089-5639

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The pioneering works due to Bader and co-workers have generated widespread interest in the study of the topography of molecular scalar fields, the first step of which is the identification and characterization of the corresponding critical points (CPs). The topography of a molecular system becomes successively richer in going from the bare nuclear potential (BNP) to the molecular electrostatic potential (MESP) through the molecular electron density (MED). The present work clearly demonstrates, through the study of some π-conjugated test molecules as well as molecular clusters, that the CPs could be economically located by following this path within ab initio level theory. Further, the topography mapping of large molecules, especially at a higher level of theory, is known to be a demanding task. However, it is rendered possible by following the above sequential mapping assisted by a divide-and-conquer-type method termed as the molecular tailoring approach (MTA). This is demonstrated with the topography mapping of β -carotene and benzene nonamer at MP2 and a (H2O)32 cluster at the HF level of theory, which are rather challenging problems with contemporary off-the-shelf computer hardware.

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