Title

Applicability of hybrid density functional theory methods to calculation of molecular hyperpolarizability

Authors

Authors

K. Y. Suponitsky; S. Tafur;A. E. Masunov

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Abbreviated Journal Title

J. Chem. Phys.

Keywords

POLARIZED BASIS-SETS; CONSISTENT BASIS-SETS; LEVEL-CORRELATED; CALCULATIONS; NONLINEAR-OPTICAL-PROPERTIES; GAUSSIAN-BASIS SETS; CONJUGATED ORGANIC-MOLECULES; HYPER-RAYLEIGH SCATTERING; ELECTRIC; PROPERTIES; TRANS-STILBENE; 1ST HYPERPOLARIZABILITY; Physics, Atomic, Molecular & Chemical

Abstract

The donor/acceptor (D/A) substituted pi-conjugated organic molecules possess extremely fast nonlinear optical (NLO) response time that is purely electronic in origin. This makes them promising candidates for optoelectronic applications. In the present study, we utilized four hybrid density functionals (B3LYP, B97-2, PBE0, BMK), Hartree-Fock, and second order Moller-Plesset correlation energy correction, truncated at second-order (MP2) methods with different basis sets to estimate molecular first hyperpolarizability (beta) of D/A-substituted benzenes and stilbenes (D=OMe, OH, NMe2, NH2; A=NO2, CN). The results of density functional theory (DFT) calculations are compared to those of MP2 method and to the experimental data. We addressed the following questions: (1) the accurate techniques to compare calculated results to each other and to experiment, (2) the choice of the basis set, (3) the effect of molecular planarity, and (4) the choice of the method. Comparison of the absolute values of hyperpolarizabilities obtained computationally and experimentally is complicated by the ambiguities in conventions and reference values used by different experimental groups. A much more tangible way is to compare the ratios of beta's for two (or more) given molecules of interest that were calculated at the same level of theory and measured at the same laboratory using the same conventions and reference values. Coincidentally, it is the relative hyperpolarizabilities rather than absolute ones that are of importance in the rational molecular design of effective NLO materials. This design includes prediction of the most promising candidates from particular homologous series, which are to be synthesized and used for further investigation. In order to accomplish this goal, semiquantitative level of accuracy is usually sufficient. Augmentation of the basis set with polarization and diffuse functions changes beta by 20%; however, further extension of the basis set does not have significant effect. Thus, we recommend 6-31+G(*) basis set. We also show that the use of planar geometry constraints for the molecules, which can somewhat deviate from planarity in the gas phase, leads to sufficient accuracy (with an error less than 10%) of predicted values. For all the molecules studied, MP2 values are in better agreement with experiment, while DFT hybrid methods overestimate beta values. BMK functional gives the best agreement with experiment, with systematic overestimation close to the factor of 1.4. We propose to use the scaled BMK results for prediction of molecular hyperpolarizability at semiquantitative level of accuracy. (C) 2008 American Institute of Physics.

Journal Title

Journal of Chemical Physics

Volume

129

Issue/Number

4

Publication Date

1-1-2008

Document Type

Article

Language

English

First Page

11

WOS Identifier

WOS:000258171500014

ISSN

0021-9606

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