J. Chem. Phys. 124, 114101 (2006).
(Received 14 November 2005; accepted 17 January 2006; published online 15 March 2006)
Second harmonic generation hyperpolarizabilities and their geometric derivatives have been calculated for HF, HCl, CO, and LiF, using the coupled cluster hierarchies, CCS, CC2, CCSD, CC3, and large correlation-consistent basis sets. The full configuration interaction results have been used to test the accuracy of the coupled cluster results. The CCS and CC2 methods do not improve on the Hartree-Fock results while CCSD is robust and gives significant improvements compared to CCS and CC2. The effects of triples in CC3 are in some cases substantial. Higher order correlation effects are significant for LiF. Including core-valence correlation effects is required only if high accuracy is desired. The coupled cluster results have been used as benchmarks for the results obtained by means of density functional theory using various exchange-correlation functionals. For the hyperpolarizability B3LYP was found to perform best, i.e., to give the results closest to the CC3 ones, while for the geometric derivatives none of the considered functionals was able to give a consistent description for all the considered molecules. (c) 2006 American Institute of Physics.
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