Net Spin and Polarization Components of the Spin Density for the Single Determinant in the Basis of Paired Orbitals
International Journal of Quantum Chemistry
, E-ISSN: 1097-461X
||paired orbitals, spin density, spin polarization
Ruzankin Sergey Ph.
Zilberberg Igor L.
Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, Novosibirsk 630090, Russian Federation
Novosibirsk State University, Novosibirsk 630090, Russian Federation
Russian Foundation for Basic Research
A decomposition of the spin density into the net spin density and polarization density for the unrestricted KohnSham (KS) determinant in the basis of Lowdin-Amos-Hall paired orbitals (PO) is derived. In PO basis set, the net spin part of spin density is only determined by the manifold of occupied a-spin orbitals which do not overlap with occupied beta-spin orbitals. In its turn, the polarization part is associated with the pairs of overlapping a and beta orbitals. The decreased overlap in these pairs corresponds to the increased degree of spin polarization. As an example of the developed spin density decomposition, the complex of FeO with nitrobenzene (taken in the state with spin projection of Sz = 2) is considered for the B3LYP solution revealing substantial spin contamination for the KS determinant. The spin density decomposition predicts for this complex appreciable polarization density over the whole complex while the net spin density remains counter intuitive almost intact at FeO center. This result changes presumed mechanism of metal-to-ligand transfer of unpaired electrons from paramagnetic center to diamagnetic ligand having a high electron affinity. (c) 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.