Recursive density-matrix-spectral-moment algorithm for molecular nonlinear polarizabilities

Sergei Tretiak, Vladimir Chernyak, Shaul Mukamel

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An iterative algorithm is developed for calculating nonlinear optical polarizabilities using a series of generalized sum rules that resemble the Lanczos algorithm and connect spectral moments of the driven single-electron density matrix to ground state charge distributions and bonding network. The size scaling and saturation of off-resonant polarizabilities (up to seventh order) of polyacetylene oligomers with up to 300 carbon atoms is analyzed in terms of collective electronic oscillators. Simple analytical expressions for size and bond-length alternation dependence of off-resonant polarizabilities are derived using a single-oscillator approximation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8914-8928
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes


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