Molecular excited states from the SCAN functional

Tozer, David J. and Peach, Michael Joseph George (2018) Molecular excited states from the SCAN functional. Molecular Physics, 116 (11). pp. 1504-1511. ISSN 0026-8976

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The performance of the strongly constrained and appropriately normed (SCAN) [Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 036402 (2015)] meta-generalised gradient approximation exchange–correlation functional is investigated for the calculation of time-dependent density-functional theory (TDDFT) molecular excitation energies of local, charge-transfer, and Rydberg character, together with the excited 3Σ+u potential energy curve in H2. The SCAN results frequently resemble those obtained using a global hybrid functional, with either a standard or increased fraction of exact orbital exchange. For local excitations, SCAN can exhibit significant triplet instability problems, resulting in imaginary triplet excitation energies for a number of cases. The Tamm–Dancoff approximation offers a simple approach to improve the situation, but the excitation energies are still significantly underestimated. Understanding the origin of these (near)-triplet instabilities may provide useful insight into future functional development.

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Molecular Physics
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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Molecular Physics on 08/04/2018, available online:
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?? density-functional theoryexchange–correlation functionalstime-dependent dftexcited statestriplet instabilitiesmolecular biologyphysical and theoretical chemistrybiophysicscondensed matter physics ??
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