Volume 41, Number 2, March-April 2007Special issue on Molecular Modelling
|Page(s)||261 - 279|
|Published online||16 June 2007|
Best N-term approximation in electronic structure calculations. II. Jastrow factors
Max-Planck-Institut für Mathematik in den Naturwissenschaften, Inselstr. 22-26, 04103 Leipzig, Germany. firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Institut für Informatik Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Christian-Albrechts-Platz 4, 24098 Kiel, Germany.
We present a novel application of best N-term approximation theory in the framework of electronic structure calculations. The paper focusses on the description of electron correlations within a Jastrow-type ansatz for the wavefunction. As a starting point we discuss certain natural assumptions on the asymptotic behaviour of two-particle correlation functions near electron-electron and electron-nuclear cusps. Based on Nitsche's characterization of best N-term approximation spaces , we prove that for q>1 and with respect to a certain class of anisotropic wavelet tensor product bases. Computational arguments are given in favour of this specific class compared to other possible tensor product bases. Finally, we compare the approximation properties of wavelet bases with standard Gaussian-type basis sets frequently used in quantum chemistry.
Mathematics Subject Classification: 41A50 / 41A63 / 65Z05 / 81V70
Key words: Best N-term approximation / wavelets / electron correlations / Jastrow factor.
© EDP Sciences, SMAI, 2007
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