In a previous paper [Fatehi, S.; et al. J. Chem. Phys. 2013, 139, 124112], we demonstrated a practical method by which analytic derivative couplings of Boys-localized CIS states can be obtained. In this paper, we now apply that same method to the analysis of triplet–triplet energy transfer systems studied by Closs and collaborators [Closs, G. L.; et al. J. Am. Chem. Soc.1988, 110, 2652]. For the systems examined, we are able to conclude that (i) the derivative coupling in the BoysOV basis is negligible, and (ii) the diabatic coupling will likely change little over the configuration space explored at room temperature. Furthermore, we propose and evaluate an approximation that allows for the inexpensive calculation of accurate diabatic energy gradients, called the “strictly diabatic” approximation. This work highlights the effectiveness of diabatic state analytic gradient theory in realistic systems and demonstrates that localized diabatic states can serve as an acceptable approximation to strictly diabatic states.
Alguire, E. C.; Fatehi, S.; Shao, Y.; Subotnik, J. E. Analysis of Localized Diabatic States Beyond the Condon Approximation for Excitation Energy Transfer Processes. J. Phys. Chem. A 2014, 118, 11891– 11900, DOI: 10.1021/jp411107k