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Configuration Interaction in Orbital Theories

R. K. Nesbet

Abstract

A systematic method is developed for estimating or calculating corrections for configuration interaction in atomic, molecular and nuclear wave-function calculations. Solutions of the Hartree-Fock equations for a single Slater determinant or approximate Hartree-Fock solutions obtained by Roothaan's iterative procedure have special properties which are used to simplify the matrix of the many-particle Hamiltonian. A restricted self-consistent field method is proposed for treating states of low symmetry. This method avoids the off-diagonal Lagrange multipliers encountered in previous methods and is adapted to configuration interaction calculations.

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