Potential energy curves and inner-shell ionization energies of carbon monoxide, oxygen and nitrogen molecules were calculated using several forms of the inner-shell multiconfigurational self-consistent field (IS-MCSCF) method—a recently proposed protocol to obtain specifically converged inner-shell states at this level. The particular forms of the IS-MCSCF method designated IS-GVB-PP, IS-FVBL and IS-CASSCF stand for perfect pairing generalized valence bond, full valence bond-like MCSCF and complete active space self consistent field, respectively. A comparison of these different versions of the IS-MCSCF method was carried out for the first time. The results indicate that inner-shell states are described accurately even for the simplest version of the method (IS-GVB-PP). Dynamic correlation was recovered by multireference configuration interaction or multireference perturbation theory. For molecules not having equivalent atoms, all methods led to comparable and accurate transition energies. For molecules with equivalent atoms, the most accurate results were obtained by multireference perturbation theory. Scalar relativistic effects were accounted for using the Douglas-Kroll-Hess Hamiltonian.
Inner-shell state Multiconfigurational approach IS-MCSCF VB function
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The authors would like to acknowledge Conselho Nacional de Pesquisa (CNPq) and Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (FAPERJ) for partial financial support. We thank Dr. A.G.H. Barbosa for fruitful comments.