, Volume 99, Issue 3, pp 192-196

MIDI! basis set for silicon, bromine, and iodine

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The MIDI! basis set is extended to three new atoms: silicon, bromine, and iodine. The basis functions for these heteroatoms are developed from the standard 3-21G basis set by adding one Gaussian-type d subshell to each Si, Br, or I atom. The exponents of the d functions are optimized to minimize errors in the geometries and charge distributions that these basis functions yield when they are used in Hartree-Fock calculations with all atoms represented by the MIDI! basis. The MIDI! basis is defined to use five spherical d functions in a d subshell. We present a detailed comparison of such calculations to calculations employing six Cartesian d functions in each d subshell; these studies show that 5D and 6D options give very similar results for molecular geometries and dipole moments, not only for compounds containing Si, Br, and I but also for compounds containing N, O, F, P, S, and Cl. The MIDI! basis set is also tested successfully for hypervalent Si compounds.