4.2.32. MCPDFT

The MCPDFT program in Molcas performs multiconfiguration pair-density functional theory (MC-PDFT) calculations, as described in [91][92]. The MC-PDFT method involves two steps: (i) a CASSCF, RASSCF, or GASSCF wave function calculation to obtain the kinetic energy, classical Coulomb energy, total electron density, and on-top pair density; (ii) a post-SCF calculation of the remaining energy using an on-top density functional. In the current implementation, the on-top pair density functional is obtained by “translation” (t) of exchange-correlation functionals. Four translated functionals are currently available: tLSDA, tPBE, tBLYP, and trevPBE, in addition to the “fully-translated” (ft) variants [93]: ftLSDA, ftPBE, ftBLYP, and ftrevPBE. As multiconfigurational wave functions are used as input quantities, spin and space symmetry are correctly conserved.

The molecular orbitals and one- and two-body density matrices are read from the JOBIPH (or JOBOLD) file generated during a RASSCF run. Dependencies

To start the MCPDFT module, the one-electron and two-electron integrals generated by SEWARD are required. For MC-PDFT calculations it is suggested to use a fine or ultrafine grid via the following input specifications (see the SEWARD section for further details):

grid input
end of grid input

Additionally, a JOBIPH file must be supplied to provide the molecular orbitals and one- and two-body density matrices. Files Input files

MCPDFT will use the following input files: ONEINT, ORDINT, RUNFILE, JOBOLD, JOBIPH.

If Cholesky options are selected, additional Cholesky-related files will also be used. Only JOBIPH or JOBOLD is needed; the code will first look for JOBOLD first and JOBIPH second. Output files


This file is written in binary format and has the same structue of the JOBIPH file.


The RUNFILE is updated with information from the MC-PDFT calculation.


This ASCII file is generated for MC-PDFT calculations. It contains spin densities, total density and on-top pair density values on grid (coordinates in a.u.). Input

This section describes the input to the MCPDFT program in the Molcas program system. The input starts with the program name


The KSDFT is the only required keyword.


The functional choice follows. Currently available functionals are: tPBE, tBLYP, tLSDA, trevPBE, tOPBE, ftPBE, ftBLYP, ftLSDA, ftrevPBE and ftOPBE.


Use this keyword to scale the exchange terms and/or correlation terms of the functional requested. This keyword should be followed by the scaling factor for the exchange terms and the scaling factor for the correlation terms, separated by a space. If the values are 1.0 (default), then the original functional is used. For an HLE-type functional, use 1.25 (for exchange) and 0.5 (for correlation). Example: DFCF=1.25 0.5 Input example

The following example shows the input to the RASSCF and MCPDFT programs for a calculation on the water molecule. The tPBE functional is used. The calculation is performed in \(C_{2v}\) symmetry (symmetries: \(a_1\), \(b_2\), \(b_1\), \(a_2\), where the two last species are antisymmetric with respect to the molecular plane). Inactive orbitals are 1\(a_1\) (oxygen 1s) 2\(a_1\) (oxygen 2s) and 1\(b_1\) (the \(\pi\) lone-pair orbital). Two bonding and two anti-bonding \(\ce{OH}\) orbitals are active, \(a_1\) and \(b_2\) symmetries. The calculation is performed for the \(^1A_1\) ground state. Note that no information about basis set, geometry, etc. has to be given. Such information is supplied by the SEWARD integral program via the one-electron integral file ONEINT.

Title= Water molecule. Active orbitals OH and OH* in both symmetries
Spin     = 1
Symmetry = 1
Inactive = 2 0 1 0
Ras2     = 2 2 0 0


The first RASSCF run is a standard CASSCF calculation that leads to variationally optimized orbitals and CI coefficients. The MC-PDFT run will use the orbitals and density matrices optimized during the preceding RASSCF run.