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Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society (BKCS)

ISSN 0253-2964(Print)
ISSN 1229-5949(Online)
Volume 30, Number 4
BKCSDE 30(4)
April 20, 2009 

Effect of Basis Set Superposition Error on the MP2 Relative Energies of Gold Cluster Au6
Kyoung Hoon Kim, Jong Chan Kim, Young Kyu Han*
Gold clusters, Density functional calculation, Coupled-cluster calculation, Basis set superposition error, Effective core potential
We have studied the structures and stabilities of Au6 to explore the origin of the large discrepancy between relative energies obtained from the density functional theory (DFT) and ab initio correlated levels of theory. The MP2 methods significantly overestimate the stability of the non-planar isomer when the double-ζ polarization quality of basis sets, such as LANL2DZ+1f and CEP31G+1f, are used. However, we show that such preference for the non-planar structure at the MP2 level mainly originates from the large basis set superposition error.
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