Surprisingly broad applicability of the cc-pVnZ-F12 basis set for ground and excited states

J Chem Phys. 2020 Jun 7;152(21):214104. doi: 10.1063/5.0006871.

Abstract

Excellent convergence properties for the (aug-)cc-pVnZ-F12 basis set family, purpose-made for explicitly correlated calculations, are demonstrated with conventional wave function methods and Kohn-Sham density functional theory for various ground and excited-state calculations. Among the ground-state properties studied are dipole moments, covalent bond lengths, and interaction and reaction energies. For excited states, we looked at vertical excitation energies, UV absorption, and excited-state absorption spectra. Convergence is compared against the basis sets cc-pVnZ, def2-nVD, aug-pcseg-n, and nZaPa-NR. It is established that the cc-pVnZ-F12 family consistently yields results of n + 1 quality and better. Especially, the cc-pVDZ-F12 basis set is found to be a basis set of good cost vs performance trade-off.