or the (deprecated) *KRCICALC.

2- and 4-component relativistic GASCI module

Written by Timo Fleig, based on LUCIA by Jeppe Olsen, parallelization by Stefan Knecht and Hans Joergen Aagaard Jensen.

The KRCI module is a string-based Hamiltonian-direct configuration interaction (CI) program [Fleig2003], [Fleig2006] , based on the LUCIA code [Olsen1990]. It is capable of doing efficient CI computations at arbitrary excitation level, e.g. FCI, SDCI, RASCI, and MRCI using general active spaces. The code is interfaced to molecular integrals obtained in the relativistic 2c- and 4-component framework and uses double-point group symmetry. It is implemented as a full parallel version [Knecht2010a] .

A central feature of the program is the Generalized Active Space (GAS) concept, in which the underlying total orbital space is subdivided into a basically arbitrary number (save for an upper limit) of subspaces with arbitrary occupation constraints. This is the most general approach to orbital space subdivisions. The program uses DIRAC Kramers pairs from either a closed- or an open-shell calculation in a relativistic two- and four-component formalism (see **HAMILTONIAN).

The technical limitations are roughly set by several 100 million determinants in the CI expansion on PCs and common computing clusters and several billions of determinants on supercomputers with ample memory.

If desired, the program also computes 1-particle densities from optimized CI wave functions from which the natural orbital occupations are printed.

The program can also be used for the computation of various one-electron properties at the GASCI level [Knecht2009] .

Mandatory keywords


specifies the CI module behind KRCI. Two choices: LUCIAREL and GASCIP



number of states (roots) in symmetry X to optimize on. This keyword may be repeated several times for multi-root multi-symmetry calculations step-by-step. default: none.

Example for 5 roots in (boson/fermion) irrep 1:

1 5

If you run the calculation in linear symmetry you have to specify the 2 x OMEGA value of the state to optimize on, and the .CI PROGRAM must be LUCIAREL. The doubling (2 x) stems from the fact that we want to avoid non-integer input, e.g. in case of an odd number of electrons we might have \(\Omega\) = 1/2, 3/2, 5/2, etc. values and the corresponding input for one root with the \(\Omega\) =1/2 would then read as

1 1

If we have a system with an even number of electrons and inversion symmetry the input for two \(\Omega\) =2g states read as

4g 2


Specification of CI calculation with electron distribution in orbital (GAS) spaces. The first line contains the number of GA spaces to be used (1-7), followed by one line per GAS with a separation by a “/” of the min/max number of electrons in each GAS and the number of orbitals per fermion corep (either one (no inversion symmetry) or two (inversion symmetry: gerade ungerade) entries per line).

The first entry before the “/” gives the minimal number of accumulated (!) electrons after consideration of this GAS, the second the corresponding maximum number, separated by blanks. The minimum and maximum accumulated occupations allow for a very flexible parameterization of the wave function. All determinants fulfilling the occupation constraints will be constructed. The second entry after the “/” gives the number of orbitals per fermion corep. See also the open-shell input in *SCF which is similar to the syntax used here. The design of a GAS scheme is non-trivial and should be motivated by the electronic structure of the system (e.g. inner core, outer core, valence, virtual space). Sometimes it is useful to subdivide the valence space, for scientific reasons, or/and the virtual space, for technical reasons (save core memory). See reference [Fleig2006a], pp. 27 for more details. example for 4 GAS spaces with an advanced excitation pattern:

  1  2 /  1  0
  6  8 /  1  2
 14 16 /  7  7
 16 16 / 30 24

if all remaining orbitals (fullCI) should be included in the last GAS space, use:

  1  2 /  1  0
  6  8 /  1  2
 14 16 /  7  7
 16 16 / all


Inactive orbitals per fermion corep. default: all orbitals active. example for 4 gerade and 2 ungerade orbitals frozen in a molecule with inversion center:

 4 2

Optional keywords


compute natural orbital occupation numbers for each electronic state. default: do not compute natural orbital occupation numbers.


analyze the final CI wave function printing the coefficients for each determinant above a given threshold \(10^{-2}\). default: do not analyze the final CI wave function.


maximum number of CI iterations. default:



maximum size of Davidson subspace. default: 3 times the number of eigenstates (see .CIROOTS) to optimize on. example:



Restart CI from vector(s) on file KRCI_CVECS.x where x is determined by the symmetry of the wave function.


default: no restart.


further infomation: the convention in linear symmetry for KRCI_CVECS.x is the following where the offset/range for systems with a gerade number of electrons is for x: offset –> 1; range: x =[1-64] and with an ungerade number of electrons x: offset –> 65; range: x =[65-128]. In more detail (with MJ == \(\Omega\)):

  1. for systems with a gerade number of e- and no inversion center:
up to
MJ = +32: KRCI_CVECS.64
  1. for systems with a gerade number of e- and an inversion center:
MJ =  0g: KRCI_CVECS.1
MJ = +1g: KRCI_CVECS.2
MJ = -1g: KRCI_CVECS.3
MJ = +2g: KRCI_CVECS.4
MJ = -2g: KRCI_CVECS.5
up to
MJ = +16g: KRCI_CVECS.32

MJ =  0u: KRCI_CVECS.33
MJ = +1u: KRCI_CVECS.34
MJ = -1u: KRCI_CVECS.35
MJ = +2u: KRCI_CVECS.36
MJ = -2u: KRCI_CVECS.37
up to
MJ = +16u: KRCI_CVECS.64
  1. for systems with an ungerade number of e- and no inversion center:
MJ = +1/2: KRCI_CVECS.65
MJ = -1/2: KRCI_CVECS.66
MJ = +3/2: KRCI_CVECS.67
MJ = -3/2: KRCI_CVECS.68
up to
MJ = +63/2: KRCI_CVECS.128
  1. for systems with an ungerade number of e- and an inversion center:
MJ = +1/2g: KRCI_CVECS.65
MJ = -1/2g: KRCI_CVECS.66
MJ = +3/2g: KRCI_CVECS.67
MJ = -3/2g: KRCI_CVECS.68
up to
MJ = -31/2g: KRCI_CVECS.96


MJ = +1/2u: KRCI_CVECS.97
MJ = -1/2u: KRCI_CVECS.98
MJ = +3/2u: KRCI_CVECS.99
MJ = -3/2u: KRCI_CVECS.100
up to
MJ = -31/u: KRCI_CVECS.128


enables a check point write of the current solution vectors to the file KRCI_CVECS.x (see above in .CIROOTS for an explanation of how x is supposed to be replaced) during the Davidson iterations. A checkpoint file will be written roughly every 6th iteration. default: do not write check points.

Advanced options


enables the storage of the resorted two-electron integrals on file IJKL_REOD which can then be read-in in a restart. This avoids a multiple reading from the 4IND* files and subsequent resorting. The keyword has to be present also in the restart to enable the potential read-in procedure. Hint: This keyword may be combined with .MAX CI == 0 in a precedent step in order to save memory for the actual production run. This is due to the fact that the resorting step itself requires the in-core storage of the unsorted and sorted integrals. default: do not write the resorted integrals to file IJKL_REOD.


enables the splitting of the resorted integrals among the co-workers according to their needs in the computation of the sigma vector. It can only be used in combination with .IJKLRO. default: do no split the resorted integrals among the co-workers.

KRCI properties

This part referes to the 2- and 4-component relativistic KR-CI property module written by Stefan Knecht and Hans Joergen Aa. Jensen, parallelization by Stefan Knecht

The KR-CI property module [Knecht2009] takes advantage of the 2- and 4-component KRCI module. It can be used for the computation of:

  • permanent dipole moments in ground and excited states,
  • transition dipole moments
  • computation of \(\hat{l}_z\), \(\hat{s}_z\) and \(\hat{j}_z (\Omega)\) expectation values (only for linear molecules).

Upon request the analysis of other one-electron properties may also be implemented. The module could in principle be used for each one-electron operator that is specified in One-electron operators.


compute the permanent dipole moments in electronic ground and excited states.


compute the transition dipole moments between electronic states.


Note: this keyword may only be used for linear molecules.

compute the expectation values of the spin- and angular momentum operator in z-direction and print the total \(\hat{j}_z\) = \(\hat{s}_z\) + \(\hat{l}_z\) expectation value (\(\Omega\) value) for each electronic state.


compute magnetic hyperfine interaction constants as expectation values over Fermi’s four-component operator (Z. Phys. 60 (1930) 332). Example for the hydrogen atom (proton nucleus):

 0.5       nuclear spin quantum number I
 2.793     nuclear magnetic moment \mu

In the molecular case add a column with I and \(\mu\) for every atom in the order given by the basis file. Reference: [Fleig2014]


compute electron electric dipole moment effective electric field as an expectation value over the effective one-electron momentum-form operator (J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 22 (1989) 559, stratagem II). Reference: [Fleig2013]


compute nucleon-electron scalar-pseudoscalar interaction constant as an expectation value over the corresponding effective four-fermion operator in the limit for an infinitely heavy nucleon (Sov. Phys. JETP 62 (1985) 872). Reference: [Fleig2015]