Modelling radial electron densities of atoms in molecules

Nippard, Devin G. S. (2014) Modelling radial electron densities of atoms in molecules. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

This thesis looks at fitting the radial density of atoms in molecules using a least squares minimization. As proof of concept the radial electron densities of individual atoms of the first three periods were fitted using a linear combination of six Gaussian functions. The core electrons of the individual atom fits were used as an initial guess for the core electrons of the atoms in molecule fit while the now non-spherically symmetric valence shells of the atoms in molecules were fitted using non-nuclear centred Gaussian functions. The radial densities of atoms in molecules for each molecular orbital were also fitted. The fits were computed using Mathematica. The thesis shows that it is possible to use the radial electron density of the atoms in molecule fits to produce/reproduce molecular electron densities.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/6497
Item ID: 6497
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 75-77).
Department(s): Science, Faculty of > Computational Science
Date: May 2014
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Electron distribution--Mathematical models; Molecular structure; Molecules--Models; Gaussian processes

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