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Title: An auxiliary-field quantum Monte Carlo study of the chromium dimer

The chromium dimer (Cr{sub 2}) presents an outstanding challenge for many-body electronic structure methods. Its complicated nature of binding, with a formal sextuple bond and an unusual potential energy curve (PEC), is emblematic of the competing tendencies and delicate balance found in many strongly correlated materials. We present an accurate calculation of the PEC and ground state properties of Cr{sub 2}, using the auxiliary-field quantum Monte Carlo (AFQMC) method. Unconstrained, exact AFQMC calculations are first carried out for a medium-sized but realistic basis set. Elimination of the remaining finite-basis errors and extrapolation to the complete basis set limit are then achieved with a combination of phaseless and exact AFQMC calculations. Final results for the PEC and spectroscopic constants are in excellent agreement with experiment.
Authors:
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  1. Department of Physics, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia 23187-8795 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22416105
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Chemical Physics; Journal Volume: 142; Journal Issue: 6; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; 37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; CHROMIUM; DIAGRAMS; DIMERS; ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE; ERRORS; EXTRAPOLATION; GROUND STATES; MANY-BODY PROBLEM; MONTE CARLO METHOD; POTENTIAL ENERGY