Several levels of theory, including both Gaussian-based and plane wave density functional theory (DFT), second-order perturbation theory (MP2), and coupled cluster methods (CCSD(T)), are employed to study Au6 and Au8 clusters. All methods predict that the lowest energy isomer of Au6 is planar. For Au8, both DFT methods predict that the two lowest isomers are planar. In contrast, both MP2 and CCSD(T) predict the lowest Au8 isomers to be nonplanar.

VL - 127 IS - 3 ER - TY - JOUR T1 - Method of moments of coupled-cluster equations: a new formalism for designing accurate electronic structure methods for ground and excited states JF - Theoretical Chemistry Accounts: Theory, Computation, and Modeling Y1 - 2004 A1 - Piotr Piecuch A1 - K. Kowalski A1 - I. S. O. Pimienta A1 - P.-D. Fan A1 - M.D. Lodriguito A1 - M. J. {McGuire} A1 - S. A. Kucharski A1 - T. Kuś A1 - M. Musial KW - Coupled-cluster theory - Method of moments of coupled-cluster equations - Renormalized coupled-cluster methods - extended coupled cluster theory - Potential energy surfaces AB -The method of moments of coupled-cluster equations {(MMCC),} which provides a systematic way of improving the results of the standard coupled-cluster {(CC)} and equation-of-motion {CC} {(EOMCC)} calculations for the ground- and excited-state energies of atomic and molecular systems, is described. The {MMCC} theory and its generalized {MMCC} {(GMMCC)} extension that enables one to use the cluster operators resulting from the standard as well as nonstandard {CC} calculations, including those obtained with the extended {CC} {(ECC)} approaches, are based on rigorous mathematical relationships that define the many-body structure of the differences between the full configuration interaction {(CI)} and {CC} or {EOMCC} energies. These relationships can be used to design the noniterative corrections to the {CC/EOMCC} energies that work for chemical bond breaking and potential energy surfaces of excited electronic states, including excited states dominated by double excitations, where the standard single-reference {CC/EOMCC} methods fail. Several {MMCC} and {GMMCC} approximations are discussed, including the renormalized and completely renormalized {CC/EOMCC} methods for closed- and open-shell states, the quadratic {MMCC} approaches, the {CI-corrected} {MMCC} methods, and the {GMMCC} approaches for multiple bond breaking based on the {ECC} cluster amplitudes.

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