PEDA-NOCV for Spin Unrestricted Calculations

This tutorial will teach you how to:

  • perform an Periodic Energy Decomposition Analysis (PEDA) combined with the natural orbitals for chemical valency (NOCV) method (pEDA-NOCV) for extended and/or molecular systems with BAND, where the bond is described by open-shell, spin unrestricted fragments

  • where to look for the results

Step 1: Start AMSinput

Start AMSinput in a clean directory.

Switch to the BAND panel: ADFPanel BANDPanel
Chose Periodicity: None.

Step 2: Set up the system - Ethane

An easy and non-timeconsuming test system is the C-C bond analysis in an ethane molecule. Here, two methyl radicals with opposite spin-polarization do interact to form the shared electron C-C bond. Hence, the fragments and the PEDA-NOCV calculation have to be carried out as unrestricted DFT calculations.

You can copy-paste the following geometry information into the GUI directly.

C          1.54081631       0.00000000       0.00000000
H          1.90061013       0.71448558       0.72714386
H          1.90061011      -0.98692880       0.25534173
H          1.90084793       0.27238885      -0.98228957
C          0.00000000       0.00000000       0.00000000
H         -0.35953041      -0.27213306       0.98136715
H         -0.36080772       0.98640196      -0.25411759
H         -0.36080775      -0.71466441      -0.72582318

Step 3: Running the PEDA-NOCV calculation

Step 3a: Setting up the fragments

To run the PEDA and PEDA-NOCV you have to define fragments. Therefore switch to Regions menu.

Panel bar Model → Regions
  • Select one methyl fragment and add a new region by clicking on the ‘+’ button (or Ctrl+G).

  • Then select the other methyl fragment and add a new region by clicking on the ‘+’ button (or Ctrl+G).

  • You may want to rename “Region_1” to “H3C_A” and “Region_2” to “H3C_B”. (optional)


Step 3b: Details for the calculation

Go to the Main menu,

Panel bar Main

and change the calculation setup (XC functional, basis set, frozen core, numerical quality and unrestricted calculation) according to the following picture.


Step 3c: Enabling the PEDA-NOCV

Go to the Fragments menu,

Panel bar MultiLevel → Fragments
Check the “Use fragments” box. This will trigger the PEDA.
Define the spin polarization of the fragments. One shall be +1 (excess of 1 electron with spin up) and the other -1 (excess of 1 electron with spin down).

Furthermore, enable the PEDA-NOCV calculation as follows:

Panel bar Properties → PEDA-NOCV
Check the Perform PEDA-NOCV analysis box
Set Use NOCVs with eV larger than: to 0.001

Step 3d: Save and run the calculation

Now you can save and run the calculation.

File → Save, give it a name and press Save.
File → Run

Step 4: Checking the results

After the calculations of the fragments and the PEDA-NOCV finished you can look for the PEDA results. Therefore, open the “Output” using the SCM dropdown menu.

SCM → Output

You can jump to the ‘PEDA Energy Terms’ via the corresponding button in the ‘Properties’ dropdown menu.

Properties → PEDA Energy Terms

Reference results:


In addition to these energy terms the summed preparation energies of the fragments and the (negative) bond dissociation energy are usually given. Therefore you have to calculate the energy difference between the electronically and structurally relaxed fragments (which can be accessed by a geometry optimization of the separated fragments) and the promoted fragments (which are already calculated and used for the PEDA). Adding this energy differences, which are equal to the preparation energy, to the interaction energy will give you the negative bond dissociation energy.

You can jump to the ‘PEDA-NOCV Energy Terms’ via the corresponding button in the ‘Properties’ dropdown menu.

Properties → PEDA-NOCV Energy Terms

Reference results:


Step 5: Plotting NOCV orbitals and deformation densities

You can visualize the charge NOCV deformation densities which describe the charge flow between the fragments. Therefore, open the “View” using the SCM dropdown menu.

SCM → View
Fields → Grid → Medium

You can now add an isosurface with phase via the dropdown menu ‘Add’, or via ‘Ctrl+B’.

Add → Isosurface: With Phase

Step 5a: Plotting NOCV deformation densities

To get an overview of the NOCV deformation densities click on ‘Select Field …’ and then on ‘NOCV deformation densities’. The following window should appear.


You can see that there are NOCV deformation densities for electron spin A and B. You can visualize the first NOCV deformation density of spin A. (Be aware of the small isovalue of 0.001 in the following picture!)


You see the transfer of charge density from red to blue lobes from one methylradical (with spin A excess) to the other (with spin B excess). The first NOCV deformation density for spin B is giving the same picture but the other way around. So, transfer of charge density from the methylradical with spin B excess to the methylradical with spin A excess.