J Chem Phys 2021 Apr;154(13):134103
The Department of Chemistry, The James Franck Institute, The University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60637, USA.
The accurate description of biradical systems, and in particular the resolution of their singlet-triplet gaps, has long posed a major challenge to the development of electronic structure theories. Biradicaloid singlet ground states are often marked by strong correlation and, hence, may not be accurately treated by mainstream, single-reference methods such as density functional theory or coupled cluster theory. The anti-Hermitian contracted Schrödinger equation (ACSE), whose fundamental quantity is the two-electron reduced density matrix rather than the N-electron wave function, has previously been shown to account for both dynamic and strong correlations when seeded with a strongly correlated guess from a complete active space (CAS) calculation. Read More