Variational treatment of electron-polyatomic-molecule scattering calculations using adaptive overset grids Academic Article uri icon


  • 2017 American Physical Society. The complex Kohn variational method for electron-polyatomic-molecule scattering is formulated using an overset-grid representation of the scattering wave function. The overset grid consists of a central grid and multiple dense atom-centered subgrids that allow the simultaneous spherical expansions of the wave function about multiple centers. Scattering boundary conditions are enforced by using a basis formed by the repeated application of the free-particle Green's function and potential 0+V on the overset grid in a Born-Arnoldi solution of the working equations. The theory is shown to be equivalent to a specific Pad approximant to the T matrix and has rapid convergence properties, in both the number of numerical basis functions employed and the number of partial waves employed in the spherical expansions. The method is demonstrated in calculations on methane and CF4 in the static-exchange approximation and compared in detail with calculations performed with the numerical Schwinger variational approach based on single-center expansions. An efficient procedure for operating with the free-particle Green's function and exchange operators (to which no approximation is made) is also described.

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altmetric score

  • 0.75

author list (cited authors)

  • Greenman, L., Lucchese, R. R., & McCurdy, C. W.

citation count

  • 6

complete list of authors

  • Greenman, Loren||Lucchese, Robert R||McCurdy, C William

publication date

  • November 2017