The NEVPT2 program

Reference literature:

C. Angeli, R. Cimiraglia, S. Evangelisti, T. Leininger and J. P. Malrieu, J. Chem. Phys., 114,10252, (2001)

C. Angeli, R. Cimiraglia and J. P. Malrieu, J. Chem. Phys. 117, 9138, (2002)

C. Angeli, M. Pastore and R. Cimiraglia, Theor. Chem. Acc., 117, 743 (2007)

All publications resulting from use of this program must acknowledge the above.

NEVPT2 is a form of second-order multireference perturbation theory which can be applied to CAS–SCF wavefunctions or, more generally, to CAS–CI wavefunctions. The term NEVPT is an acronym for “n–electron valence state perturbation theory”. While we refer the reader to the pertinent literature (see above), we limit ourselves to recalling here that the most relevant feature of NEVPT2 consists in that the first order correction to the wave function is expanded over a set of properly chosen multireference functions which correctly take into consideration the two–electron interactions occurring among the active electrons. Among the properties ensured by NEVPT2 we quote:

  • Strict separability (size consistence): the energy of a collection of non–interacting systems equals the sum of the energies of the isolated systems
  • Absence of intruder states: the zero-order energies associated to the functions of the outer space are well separated from the zero-order energy of the state being studied, thus avoiding divergences in the perturbation summation
  • The first order correction to the wavefunction is an eigenfunction of the spin operators $S^2$ and $S_z$
  • Electronically excited states are dealt with at the same level of accuracy as the ground state
  • NEVPT2 energies are invariant under a unitary transformation of the active orbitals. Furthermore, the choice of canonical orbitals for the core and virtual orbitals (the default choice) ensure that the results coincide with those of an enlarged version of the theory fully invariant under rotations in the core and virtual orbital spaces, respectively
  • NEVPT2 coincides with MP2 in the case of a HF wave function

NEVPT2 has been implemented in two variants both of which are present in MOLPRO, these are the strongly contracted (SC) and the partially contracted (PC) variants. The two variants differ by the number of perturber functions employed in the perturbation summation. The PC–NEVPT2 uses a richer function space and is in general more accurate than the SC–NEVPT2. The results of SC–NEVPT2 and PC–NEVPT2 are anyway usually very close to one another.

NEVPT2 must follow a CAS–SCF or CAS–CI calculation. The command

NEVPT2,options
has to be specified to carry out a second–order perturbation calculation. NEVPT2 is part of the MRCI program and uses the options of the latter. Of particular relevance are the options CORE, CLOSED, OCC, WF and STATE of the MRCI program. There is, at the moment, only one option specific to NEVPT2 which can be provided by the user:

  • THRNEVPT2 The threshold to discard small coefficients in the CAS wavefunction (default = 0.0),

The present implementation of NEVPT2 is state–specific, i.e. the perturbation theory can only be applied to a single state. The multi–state (or quasi–degenerate) version of NEVPT2 will be implemented in MOLPRO in the near future.

An example is provided where the energies of the ground state and of the first $^1A_2$ ($n \to \pi^*$) excited state of formaldehyde are calculated.

examples/form_nevpt2.inp
***,
file,1,h2co.int,new
file,2,h2co.wf,new
gthresh,energy=1.d-9
gthresh,orbital=1.d-8
gthresh,civec=1.d-8

geomtyp=zmat
geometry
 O,,             0.000000000,     0.000000000,    0.0196594609
 C,,             0.000000000,     0.000000000,    2.3248507925
 H1,,            0.000000000,     1.7597110083,   3.3972521023
 H2,,            0.000000000,    -1.7597110083,   3.3972521023
end

basis=6-31G*

{hf
wf,16,1,0}

{multi
closed,4,0,1,0
occ,6,2,4,0
wf,16,1,0
state,1
natorb,2140.2,state=1.1
}

{nevpt2,thrden=1.0d-10,thrvar=1.0d-10
core,2,0,0,0
closed,4,0,1,0
occ,6,2,4,0
orbit,2140.2,state=1.1
wf,16,1,0
state,1,1
}

{multi
closed,4,0,1,0
occ,6,2,4,0
wf,16,4,0
state,1
start,2140.2
natorb,2141.2,state=1.4
}
{nevpt2,thrden=1.0d-10,thrvar=1.0d-10
core,2,0,0,0
closed,4,0,1,0
occ,6,2,4,0
orbit,2141.2,state=1.4
wf,16,4,0
state,1,1
}