An efficient algorithm is presented for evaluating the analytical nuclear gradients of density-fitted four-component relativistic Dirac-Fock theory as an initial step toward realizing large-scale geometry optimization of heavy-element complexes. Our algorithm employs kinetically balanced 2-spinor basis functions for the small components. The computational cost of nuclear gradient evaluation is found to be smaller than that of a Dirac-Fock self-consistent iteration. Timing data are presented for Ir(ppy)3 (61 atoms) using a double-ζ basis set.
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- Computer Science Applications
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry