A Combined Spin-Flip and IP/EA Approach for Handling Spin and Spatial Degeneracies: Application to Double Exchange Systems

2018-12-11T14:05:20Z (GMT) by Shannon Houck Nicholas Mayhall
<div>Many multiconfigurational systems, such as single-molecule magnets, are difficult to study using traditional computational methods due to the simultaneous existence of both spin and spatial degeneracies. In this work, a new approach termed n-spin-flip Ionization Potential/Electron Affinity (<i>n</i>SF-IP or <i>n</i>SF-EA) is introduced which combines the spin-flip method of Anna Krylov with particle-number changing IP/EA methods. We demonstrate the efficacy of the approach by applying it to the strongly-correlated N<sub>2</sub><sup>+</sup> as well as several double exchange systems. We also demonstrate that when these systems are well-described by a double exchange model Hamiltonian, only 1SF-IP/EA is required to extract the double exchange parameters and accurately predict energies for the low-spin states. This significantly reduces the computational effort for studying such systems. The effects of including additional excitations (using a RAS-<i>n</i>SF-IP/EA scheme) are also examined, with particular emphasis on hole and particle excitations.</div>