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The Beryllium tetramer: profiling an elusive molecule

, : The Beryllium tetramer: profiling an elusive molecule. Journal of Chemical Physics 134(7): 074110-074110

The structure and energetics of Be(4) are investigated using state-of-the-art coupled-cluster methods. We compute the optimized bond length, dissociation energy, and anharmonic vibrational frequencies. A composite approach is employed, starting from coupled-cluster theory with single, double, and perturbative triple excitations extrapolated to the complete basis set (CBS) limit using Dunning's correlation consistent cc-pCVQZ and cc-pCV5Z basis sets. A correction for full triple and connected quadruple excitations in the smaller cc-pCVDZ basis set is then added, yielding an approximation to CCSDT(Q)/CBS denoted c∼CCSDT(Q). Corrections are included for relativistic and non-Born-Oppenheimer effects. We obtain D(e) = 89.7 kcal mol(-1), D(0) = 84.9 kcal mol(-1), and r(e) = 2.043 Å. Second-order vibrational perturbation theory (VPT2) is applied to a full quartic force field computed at the c∼CCSDT(Q) level of theory, yielding B(e) = 0.448 cm(-1) and fundamental frequencies of 666 (a(1)), 468 (e), and 571 (t(2)) cm(-1). Computations on the spectroscopically characterized Be(2) molecule are reported for the purpose of benchmarking our methods. Perturbative estimates of the effect of quadruple excitations are found to be essential to computing accurate parameters for Be(2); however, they seem to exert a much smaller influence on the structure and energetics of Be(4). Our extensive characterization of the Be(4) bonding potential energy surface should aid in the experimental identification of this thermodynamically viable but elusive molecule.


PMID: 21341831

DOI: 10.1063/1.3553366

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