# Core electron excitations and ionization in H2O at the HF and DFT levels¶

## Introduction¶

We want to study excitation of the oxygen 1s electron of water.

## Restricted excitation window TD-HF (REW-TD-HF)¶

Starting from the molecular input file H2O.mol

```
INTGRL
Water
cc-pV5Z basis (note that a tight p has NOT been added)
C 2
8. 1
O .0000000000 0.0000000000 -.2249058930
LARGE BASIS dyall.3zp
1. 2
H1 1.4523499293 .0000000000 .8996235720
H2 -1.4523499293 .0000000000 .8996235720
LARGE BASIS dyall.3zp
FINISH
```

and the menu file H2O.inp

```
**DIRAC
.TITLE
H2O
.WAVE FUNCTIONS
.ANALYZE
**HAMILTONIAN
.X2C
**INTEGRALS
*TWOINT
.SCREEN
1.0D-12
*READIN
.UNCONT
**WAVE FUNCTIONS
.SCF
*SCF
.CLOSED SHELL
10
**ANALYZE
.MULPOP
*MULPOP
.VECPOP
1..oo
*END OF
```

we first run a Hartree-Fock calculation of the ground electronic state:

```
pam --mol=H2O --inp=H2O --outcmo
```

From Mulliken population analysis we confirm that the oxygen 1s orbital is the first orbital:

```
* Electronic eigenvalue no. 1: -20.581089118212 (Occupation : f = 1.0000)
==========================================================================================
* Gross populations greater than 0.00010
Gross Total | L A1 O s
--------------------------------------
alpha 1.0000 | 1.0000
beta 0.0000 | 0.0000
```

We now focus on electric dipole allowed transitions. The molecular symmetry is \(C_{2v}\) where the components of the electric dipole operator \(-e(x,y,z)\) span irreps \((B_1,B_2,A_1)\) . This leads us to set up the following input

```
**DIRAC
.TITLE
H2O
.PROPERTIES
**HAMILTONIAN
.X2C
**INTEGRALS
*TWOINT
.SCREEN
1.0D-12
*READIN
.UNCONT
**WAVE FUNCTIONS
.SCF
*SCF
.CLOSED SHELL
10
**PROPERTIES
*EXCITATION ENERGIES
.OCCUP
1
.EXCITATION
1 10
.EXCITATION
2 10
.EXCITATION
3 10
.INTENS
0
.ANALYZE
*END OF
```

We run our calculation:

```
pam --inp=H2O_O1s --mol=H2O --incmo
```

and find the isotropically averaged oscillator strenghts

```
ISOTROPIC DL-DL OSCILLATOR STRENGTHS (f)
==========================================
DL = dipole length
Rate = Dipole radiation rate (s-1)
Lifetime = corresponding radiation lifetime (s)
Level Frequency f Rate Lifetime
------------------------------------------------------------------------
2 20.1880843814 0.00000002 0.20483E+06 0.48822E-05 6(E1 ) 45.42%; 11(E1 ) 30.51%
3 20.1880853618 0.00000012 0.16192E+07 0.61758E-06 6(E1 ) 45.42%; 11(E1 ) 30.51%
4 20.2106058884 0.00000020 0.26305E+07 0.38016E-06 12(E1 ) 32.69%; 7(E1 ) 30.96%; 9(E1 ) 19.02%
6 20.2637822952 0.04094463 0.54019E+12 0.18512E-11 6(E1 ) 56.01%; 11(E1 ) 27.09%
7 20.2840331058 0.07566515 0.10003E+13 0.99973E-12 7(E1 ) 38.54%; 12(E1 ) 28.96%; 9(E1 ) 20.02%
9 20.4453126149 0.00000002 0.28737E+06 0.34799E-05 10(E1 ) 87.89%
10 20.4725521853 0.00000026 0.35482E+07 0.28184E-06 11(E1 ) 49.36%; 6(E1 ) 22.09%
12 20.4935960507 0.04949243 0.66786E+12 0.14973E-11 10(E1 ) 91.75%
13 20.5086683295 0.03037128 0.41044E+12 0.24364E-11 11(E1 ) 58.52%; 6(E1 ) 23.96%
14 20.5624885103 0.00000003 0.44279E+06 0.22584E-05 7(E1 ) 55.82%; 9(E1 ) 37.98%
15 20.5624885107 0.00000002 0.33427E+06 0.29916E-05 7(E1 ) 55.82%; 9(E1 ) 37.98%
16 20.5662290804 0.00436872 0.59371E+11 0.16843E-10 7(E1 ) 48.37%; 9(E1 ) 45.36%
17 20.5701122256 0.00000001 0.13954E+06 0.71663E-05 8(E1 ) 63.89%; 6(E1 ) 28.82%
18 20.5701122415 0.00000005 0.64527E+06 0.15497E-05 8(E1 ) 63.89%; 6(E1 ) 28.82%
19 20.5851294613 0.00000477 0.64894E+08 0.15410E-07 8(E1 ) 77.46%; 6(E1 ) 17.30%
22 20.6853090865 0.01353373 0.18606E+12 0.53746E-11 12(E1 ) 56.08%; 9(E1 ) 27.59%; 7(E1 ) 12.87%
25 20.8084949905 0.00056602 0.78746E+10 0.12699E-09 13(E1 ) 95.28%
31 20.8954525590 0.00057906 0.81233E+10 0.12310E-09 15(E1 ) 92.81%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Sum of oscillator strenghts: 0.21553
```

where we have added by hand the most important virtual orbitals. For reference, orbital densities of the fifteen first canonical HF orbitals of water are given below

We may simulating the spectrum using a Lorentzian lineshape with half-width at half-maximum (HWHM) equal to 0.005 a.u.

## Complex response¶

We can alternatively obtain the above spectrum from complex response. The isotropically averaged ocillator strength associated within the electric dipole approximation is related to the isotropic electric dipole polarizability through the relation

where \(\gamma\) is a damping parameter corresponding to the half-width at half-maximum (HWHM) of the Lorentzian lineshape.

We can calculate the real and imaginary parts of the polarizability by complex response. By choosing a frequency window we can directly access the region of the spectrum of interest.

We use the input file

```
**DIRAC
.TITLE
H2O
.PROPERTIES
**HAMILTONIAN
.X2C
**INTEGRALS
*TWOINT
.SCREEN
1.0D-12
*READIN
.UNCONT
**WAVE FUNCTIONS
.SCF
*SCF
.CLOSED SHELL
10
**PROPERTIES
.POLARI
*LINEAR RESPONSE
.FREQ INTERVAL
20.0 21.0 0.02
.DAMPING
0.005
*END OF
```

and the command:

```
pam --incmo --mol=H2O --inp=cpp
```

To get enough data points we do a second run using:

```
.FREQ INTERVAL
20.01 21.0 0.02
```

Extracting the imaginary part of the frequency-dependent electric dipole polarizatibility and converting to oscillator strength we can directly plot the spectrum as below

In the above graph we have also included the results from REW-TDDFT and they completely overlap, except that a keen eyemay note that REW-TDDFT is missing the peak around 570 eV, simply because not enough excitations were specified in the input.

## Localizing the K edge¶

An interesting question is how to localize the K edge in the XANES spectrum.
A first approximation to the 1s ionization energy is provided by Koopmans’
theorem. We find \(IP_{1s}\approx -\varepsilon_{1s} =\)
20.581089 \(E_h\)
= 560.04 eV.
This is singificantly off the value 539.7 eV reported by Kai Siegbahn and co-workers
[*ESCA applied to free molecules* (1969)] [Siegbahn1969]
( see also here ,
but here the work function of the reference metal must be subtracted).
reported by Kai Siegbahn and co-workers in 1977(?). We know that Koopman’s theorem ignores correlation and
orbital relaxation. For valence ionization Koopman’s theorem often provides a reasonable approximation
since the errors tend to cancel each other. For core excitations orbital relaxation dominates such that
Koopman’s theorem greatly overestimates ionization energies.

To see this we carry our a average-of-configuration (AOC) calculation of the 1s core-ionized system. Starting from the coefficients from the neutral system and the input

```
**DIRAC
.TITLE
H2O
.WAVE FUNCTIONS
.ANALYZE
**HAMILTONIAN
.X2C
**INTEGRALS
*TWOINT
.SCREEN
1.0D-12
*READIN
.UNCONT
**WAVE FUNCTIONS
.SCF
.REORDER
2..5,1
*SCF
.CLOSED SHELL
8
.OPEN SHELL
1
1/2
.OVLSEL
.NODYNSEL
**ANALYZE
.MULPOP
*MULPOP
.VECPOP
1..oo
*END OF
```

and the command:

```
pam --incmo --mol=H2O --inp=H2O_1s
```

we find a total energy of -56.287847 \(E_h\) for the core ionized system compared to -76.115149 \(E_h\) for the neutral system. This corresponds to a \(\Delta\) SCF value of 539.52 eV for the ionization energy, tantalizingly close to experiment.

In passing we that note that in the first iteration of this calculation we obtain a total energy of -55.534060 \(E_h\)
.
This is the energy of the core-ionized system obtained using the orbitals of the neutral system. Koopman’s theorem is
obtained by subtracting this energy from the energy of the neutral system. For the neutral system we obtained
-76.115149 \(E_h\)
, so by taking the difference we obtain 20.581089 \(E_h\)
, which is exactly the *1s* orbital energy
in the neutral system.

You should also note that we easily converge to the core-ionized system using reordering and overlap selection: In the input we have specified eight electrons in four inactive (closed) orbitals, followed
by a single electron in an active (open) orbital. We want the O1s to be the active orbital, but this is not achieved automatically since DIRAC will normally order orbitals according to their energy.
We therefore start be reordering the orbitals such that the O1s orbital from the previous calculation on the neutral system comes out on top of the occupied orbitals. However, this is not enough to converge to the desired state since after the first diagonalization DIRAC will again by default order orbitals according to their energy. This is why we use *overlap selection*, that is, we ask DIRAC to
rather order orbitals according to their overlap with some reference orbitals. By default (dynamic overlap selection) this will be the orbitals from the previous iteration. However, in this case we activate *non-dynamic* overlap selection, which means that we order orbitals according to their overlap with the starting orbitals.

Note

Overlap selection is nowadays marketed hard as MOM (Maximum Orbital Method, see [Gilbert_JPCA2008]), but this method has been included in DIRAC for at least two decades and goes back to the pioneering work of Paul Bagus It was used in [Bagus_JCP1971], but not reported explicitly. However, it is for instance documented in the 1975 manual of the ALCHEMY program (On pdf page 15 you find a description of keyword MOORDR using a “maximum overlap criterion”).

The K edge obtained by \(\Delta SCF\) does not correspond to that of our TD-HF or complex reponse calculations since they only allow linear reponse (orbital relaxation).

In the figure below we have plotted oscillator strength per atom for 1s core excitation spectrum for water, taken from the Gas Phase Core Excitation Database and recorded at 0.7 eV fwhm.

The vertical orange line corresponds to the O1s binding energy reported by Siegbahn and co-workers and seems to be too early. We have also plotted the spectrum obtained by REW-TDHF with a Lorentzian wideshape corresponding to the fwhm of the experiment. In green we plot the original spectrum, whereas in red it has been shifted so that our linear response estimate for the ionization energy has been aligned with the experimental O1s binding energy. We can see that the shift improves agreement, but the spacing and relative intensities of peaks do not agree with experiment.

## Static Exchange Approximation¶

In order to incorporate orbital relaxation we carry out a STEX calculation. At the moment symmetry is not implemented, so we turn off symmetry in the nolecular input file

```
INTGRL
Water
dyall.3zp basis
C 2 0
8. 1
O .0000000000 0.0000000000 -.2249058930
LARGE BASIS dyall.3zp
1. 2
H1 1.4523499293 .0000000000 .8996235720
H2 -1.4523499293 .0000000000 .8996235720
LARGE BASIS dyall.3zp
FINISH
```

We then first run the ground state:

```
pam --inp=H2O --mol=H2O_C1 --outcmo
```

followed by the 1s core-ionized state:

`pam --mol=H2O_C1 --inp=H2O_1s --incmo --get "DFCOEF=DFCOEF.ION"`

We now run STEX using the input

```
**DIRAC
.TITLE
H2O
.WAVE FUNCTIONS
.PROPERTIES
**HAMILTONIAN
.X2C
**INTEGRALS
*TWOINT
.SCREEN
1.0D-12
*READIN
.UNCONT
**WAVE FUNCTIONS
.SCF
*SCF
.CLOSED SHELL
10
**PROPERTIES
*STEX
.HOLES
1
5
*END OF
```

and the command:

`pam --inp=stex --mol=H2O_C1 --put "DFCOEF DFCOEF.ION"`

We have plotted the STEX spectrum below together with the experimental one

## Switching to DFT¶

Let us now look at what we can do with DFT. The first thing to note is that Koopman’s theorem does not hold:

HF(AOC) | HF(focc) | LDA | PBE | PBE0 | ||

Neutral | Energy | -76.115149 | -76.115149 | -75.962033 | -76.438943 | -76.437412 |

\(\varepsilon_{1s}\) | -20.581089 | -20.581089 | -18.620721 | -18.766629 | -19.223080 | |

\(1s^{-1}\) | Energy | -56.287847 | -55.070646 | -55.980781 | -56.300366 | -56.069079 |

Energy(0) | -55.534060 | -54.347068 | -55.231846 | -55.540835 | -55.319556 | |

\(\Delta E\) | relax | -19.827303 | -21.044503 | -19.981252 | -20.138577 | -20.368333 |

norelax | -20.581089 | -21.768082 | -20.730186 | -20.898108 | -21.117856 |

BP86 | BLYP | B3LYP | CAMB3LYP | ||

Neutral | Energy | -76.525093 | -76.508410 | -76.487092 | -76.496078 |

\(\varepsilon_{1s}\) | -18.786866 | -18.791935 | -19.145210 | -19.219699 | |

\(1s^{-1}\) | Energy | -56.366800 | -56.340103 | -56.148003 | -56.115449 |

Energy(0) | -55.606191 | -55.582410 | -55.398934 | -55.366886 | |

\(\Delta E\) | relax | -20.158293 | -20.168307 | -20.339089 | -20.380629 |

norelax | -20.918902 | -20.926000 | -21.088158 | -21.129191 |

In the above table the entry Energy(0) is the total energy of the core-ionized system calculated using the orbitals of the neutral system. When we calculate the energy difference between the neutral and core-ionized system using the orbitals of the neutral system we reproduce the 1s orbital energy to the cited decimals, but this is not the case of any other method, including HF using fractional occupation.

Below we give the \(\Delta SCF\) numbers is eV. Interestingly AOC-HF at539.5 eV easily comes closest to the experimental value 539.7 eV. It can furthermore be seen that \(\Delta SCF\) values obtained with DFT functionals show the trend LDA < GGA < hybrid with LDA closest, but still far from experiment. Switching from average-of-configuration to fractional occupation at the HF level leads to a dramatic deterioration of the agreement with experiment.

HF(AOC) | HF(focc) | LDA | PBE | PBE0 | BP86 | BLYP | B3LYP | CAMB3LYP | |

\(\varepsilon_{1s}\) | 560.0 | 560.0 | 506.7 | 510.7 | 523.1 | 511.2 | 511.4 | 521.0 | 523.0 |

\(\Delta E\) (relax) | 539.5 | 572.7 | 564.1 | 568.7 | 574.6 | 569.2 | 569.4 | 573.8 | 575.0 |

\(\Delta E\) (no relax) | 560.0 | 592.3 | 543.7 | 548.0 | 554.3 | 548.5 | 548.8 | 553.5 | 554.6 |

At the DFT level we have employed an energy expression based on fractional occupation, which is the model that leads to Janak’s theorem, namely that the derivative of the energy with respect to occupation number \(n_i\) gives the energy of the corresponding orbital, that is

We may investigate Janak’s theorem numerically. We set up a script to do DFT calculations with fractional occupation from 1.0 to 1.9 of the oxygen 1s orbital

```
#!/bin/bash
for dft in LDA BLYP B3LYP CAMB3LYP PBE PBE0 BP86
do
cat <<EOF > H2O_dft.inp
**DIRAC
.TITLE
H2O
.WAVE FUNCTIONS
.ANALYZE
**HAMILTONIAN
.X2C
.DFT
${dft}
**INTEGRALS
*TWOINT
.SCREEN
1.0D-12
*READIN
.UNCONT
**WAVE FUNCTIONS
.SCF
*SCF
.CLOSED SHELL
10
**ANALYZE
.MULPOP
*MULPOP
.VECPOP
1..oo
*END OF
EOF
pam --inp=H2O_dft --mol=H2O --outcmo --suffix=${dft}
for occ in 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9
do
cat <<EOF > H2O_1s_dft.inp
**DIRAC
.TITLE
H2O
.WAVE FUNCTIONS
.ANALYZE
**HAMILTONIAN
.X2C
.DFT
${dft}
**INTEGRALS
*TWOINT
.SCREEN
1.0D-12
*READIN
.UNCONT
**WAVE FUNCTIONS
.SCF
.REORDER
2..5,1
*SCF
.CLOSED SHELL
8
.OPEN SHELL
1
${occ}/2
.OVLSEL
.NODYNSEL
.FOCC
**ANALYZE
.MULPOP
*MULPOP
.VECPOP
1..oo
*END OF
EOF
pam --inp=H2O_1s --mol=H2O --incmo --suffix=${dft}_occ${occ}
done
done
exit 0
```

and also add the energy of the neutral system to our data set. We then carry out polynomial fits to various orders and calculate the derivative of the energy at occupation 2.0 with respect to 1s occupatio number. We then obtain

HF(AOC) | HF(focc) | LDA | PBE | PBE0 | BP86 | BLYP | B3LYP | CAMB3LYP | |

1 | -19.824314 | -21.044193 | -19.981185 | -20.138613 | -20.368425 | -20.158286 | -20.168248 | -20.339084 | -20.380650 |

2 | -18.196672 | -20.579045 | -18.618588 | -18.765178 | -19.222619 | -18.785047 | -18.789831 | -19.143977 | -19.218655 |

3 | -18.220409 | -20.581507 | -18.619168 | -18.764949 | -19.221929 | -18.785159 | -18.790354 | -19.144055 | -19.218529 |

4 | -18.220112 | -20.581073 | -18.620943 | -18.766866 | -19.223251 | -18.787109 | -18.792168 | -19.145388 | -19.219883 |

5 | -18.220135 | -20.581093 | -18.620699 | -18.766601 | -19.223061 | -18.786846 | -18.791909 | -19.145191 | -19.219680 |

6 | -18.220131 | -20.581090 | -18.620724 | -18.766633 | -19.223084 | -18.786872 | -18.791940 | -19.145213 | -19.219703 |

7 | -18.220130 | -20.581089 | -18.620720 | -18.766628 | -19.223080 | -18.786869 | -18.791934 | -19.145209 | -19.219699 |

8 | -18.220130 | -20.581089 | -18.620721 | -18.766629 | -19.223080 | -18.786857 | -18.791935 | -19.145210 | -19.219699 |

9 | -18.220130 | -20.581089 | -18.620721 | -18.766629 | -19.223080 | -18.786879 | -18.791935 | -19.145210 | -19.219699 |

\(\varepsilon_{1s}\) | -20.581089 | -20.581089 | -18.620721 | -18.766629 | -19.223080 | -18.786866 | -18.791935 | -19.145210 | -19.219699 |

We see that a linear fit is clearly is insufficient, whereas a quadratic fit is reasonable. However, a 8th order fit is in general needed to converge the energy derivative to the 1s orbital energy with the cited number of decimals.