Metastable Molecules and Other Energetic Structures: The Contribution of Theory
Final rept. 1 Feb 95-31 Jan 98
FLORIDA UNIV GAINESVILLE QUANTUM THEORY PROJECT
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We have emphasized a rational theoretical design of new energetic metastable molecules that is based on highly accurate electron correlated coupled-cluster theory and directed toward a search of synthesizable species that have a high heat of formation large specific impulse and can be reasonably stable. We have investigated the molecular mechanisms of the initial steps in exothermic decomposition initial steps of ignition and explosion, as well as possible synthetic roots in the synthesis of the desired metastable isomers. Based on the goal of developing theoretical methods that can provide sufficiently high accuracy to be competitive with what experimental methods can achieve for the characterization of molecular structure and properties, we have formulated and implemented in the ACES II program the following new tools 1 ROHF-CC and ROHF-MBPT methods for the treatment of open-shell systems that might be subject to spin contamination in UHF 2 analytical gradients for ROHF-CC and ROHF-MBPT 3 the equation of motion coupled-cluster EOM-CC approach for excited, electron attached, and ionized states 4 triple excitations for excited-state energies 5 simplified partitioned EOM-CC methods for application to large molecules and 6 EOM-CC method for computations of properties, including NMR coupling constants.
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