Correlated ab initio calculations of spectroscopic parameters of SnO within the framework of the higher-order generalized Douglas--Kroll transformation
The first molecular calculations with the generalized Douglas–Kroll method up to fifth order in the external potential (DKH5) are presented. We study the spectroscopic parameters and electron affinity of the tin oxide molecule SnO and its anion SnO− applying nonrelativistic as well as relativistic calculations with higher orders of the DK approximation. In order to guarantee highly accurate results close to the basis set limit, an all-electron basis for Sn of at least quintuple-ζ quality has been constructed and optimized. All-electron CCSD(T) calculations of the potential energy curves of both SnO and SnO− reproduce the experimental values very well. Relative energies and valence properties are already well described with the established standard second-order approximation DKH2 and the higher-order corrections DKH3–DKH5 hardly affect these quantities. However, an accurate description of total energies and inner-shell properties requires superior relativistic schemes up to DKH5. © 2004 American Institute of Physics.