A method for solving the molecular Schrödinger equation in Cartesian coordinates via angular momentum projection operatorsA method for solving the molecular Schrödinger equation in Cartesian coordinates via angular momentum projection operators
Faculty of Sciences. Mathematics and Computer Science

Department of Mathematics - Computer Sciences

article

2009Amsterdam, 2009

Mathematics

Physics

Computer. Automation

Computer physics communications. - Amsterdam

180(2009):11, p. 2025-2033

0010-4655

000273363700001

E

English (eng)

University of Antwerp

A method for solving the Schrödinger equation of N-atom molecules in 3N−3 Cartesian coordinates usually defined by Jacobi vectors is presented. The separation and conservation of the total angular momentum are obtained not by transforming the Hamiltonian in internal curvilinear coordinates but instead, by keeping the Cartesian formulation of the Hamiltonian operator and projecting the initial wavefunction onto the proper irreducible representation angular momentum subspace. The increased number of degrees of freedom from 3N−6 to 3N−3, compared to previous methods for solving the Schrödinger equation, is compensated by the simplicity of the kinetic energy operator and its finite difference representations which result in sparse Hamiltonian matrices. A parallel code in Fortran 95 has been developed and tested for model potentials of harmonic oscillators. Moreover, we compare data obtained for the three-dimensional hydrogen molecule and the six-dimensional water molecule with results from the literature. The availability of large clusters of computers with hundreds of CPUs and GBytes of memory, as well as the rapid development of distributed (Grid) computing, make the proposed method, which is unequivocally highly demanding in memory and computer time, attractive for studying Quantum Molecular Dynamics.

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