### Abstract

The fixed-node quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) method is used to calculate the total energy of CH_{2} in the ^{3}B_{1} and ^{1}A_{1} states. For both states, the best QMC variationally bounded energies lie more than 15 kcal/mol (0.024 h) below the best previous variational calculations. Subtracting these energies to obtain the singlet-triplet splitting yields T_{e}=9.4±2.2 kcal/mol. Adjusting for zero-point energies and relativistic effects, we obtain T _{0}=8.9±2.2 kcal/mol. This result is in excellent agreement with the recent direct measurements of McKellar et al. of T_{0}=9. 05±0.06 kcal/mol, and of Leopold et al. of ∼9 kcal/mol, as well as with recent threoretical investigations which indicate an energy gap of 9-11 kcal/mol. We summarize the QMC method, discuss a possible scheme for iteratively correcting the procedure, and note that the present results were obtained using only single determinant functions for both states, in contrast to conventional ab initio approaches which must use at least two configurations to properly describe the singlet state.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 1983-1990 |

Number of pages | 8 |

Journal | Journal of Chemical Physics |

Volume | 82 |

Issue number | 4 |

Publication status | Published - 1984 |

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*Journal of Chemical Physics*,

*82*(4), 1983-1990.

**Quantum Monte Carlo calculation of the singlet-triplet splitting in methylene.** / Reynolds, Peter J.; Dupuis, Michel; Lester, William A.

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*Journal of Chemical Physics*, vol. 82, no. 4, pp. 1983-1990.

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T1 - Quantum Monte Carlo calculation of the singlet-triplet splitting in methylene

AU - Reynolds, Peter J.

AU - Dupuis, Michel

AU - Lester, William A.

PY - 1984

Y1 - 1984

N2 - The fixed-node quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) method is used to calculate the total energy of CH2 in the 3B1 and 1A1 states. For both states, the best QMC variationally bounded energies lie more than 15 kcal/mol (0.024 h) below the best previous variational calculations. Subtracting these energies to obtain the singlet-triplet splitting yields Te=9.4±2.2 kcal/mol. Adjusting for zero-point energies and relativistic effects, we obtain T 0=8.9±2.2 kcal/mol. This result is in excellent agreement with the recent direct measurements of McKellar et al. of T0=9. 05±0.06 kcal/mol, and of Leopold et al. of ∼9 kcal/mol, as well as with recent threoretical investigations which indicate an energy gap of 9-11 kcal/mol. We summarize the QMC method, discuss a possible scheme for iteratively correcting the procedure, and note that the present results were obtained using only single determinant functions for both states, in contrast to conventional ab initio approaches which must use at least two configurations to properly describe the singlet state.

AB - The fixed-node quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) method is used to calculate the total energy of CH2 in the 3B1 and 1A1 states. For both states, the best QMC variationally bounded energies lie more than 15 kcal/mol (0.024 h) below the best previous variational calculations. Subtracting these energies to obtain the singlet-triplet splitting yields Te=9.4±2.2 kcal/mol. Adjusting for zero-point energies and relativistic effects, we obtain T 0=8.9±2.2 kcal/mol. This result is in excellent agreement with the recent direct measurements of McKellar et al. of T0=9. 05±0.06 kcal/mol, and of Leopold et al. of ∼9 kcal/mol, as well as with recent threoretical investigations which indicate an energy gap of 9-11 kcal/mol. We summarize the QMC method, discuss a possible scheme for iteratively correcting the procedure, and note that the present results were obtained using only single determinant functions for both states, in contrast to conventional ab initio approaches which must use at least two configurations to properly describe the singlet state.

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JO - Journal of Chemical Physics

JF - Journal of Chemical Physics

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