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Modern valence bond theoryModern valence bond theory is the term used to describe applications of valence bond theory with computer programs that are competitive in accuracy and economy with programs for the HartreeFock method and other molecular orbital based methods. The latter methods dominated quantum chemistry from the advent of digital computers because they were easier to program. The early popularity of valence bond methods thus declined. It is only recently that the programming of valence bond methods has improved. These developments are due to and described by Gerratt, Cooper, Karadakov and Raimondi (1997); Li and McWeeny (2002); Song, Mo, Zhang and Wu (2005); and Shaik and Hiberty (2004).^{[1]} Additional recommended knowledgeIn its simplest form the overlapping atomic orbitals are replaced by orbitals which are expanded as linear combinations of the atombased basis functions. This expansion is optimized to give the lowest energy. This procedure gives good energies without including ionic structures. For example, in the hydrogen molecule, classic valence bond theory uses two 1s atomic orbitals (a and b) on the two hydrogen atoms respectively and then constructs a covalent structure:
and then an ionic structure:
The final wave function is a linear combination of these two functions. Coulson and Fischer^{[2]} pointed out that a completely equivalent function is:
as expanding this out gives a linear combination of the covalent and ionic structures. Modern valence bond theory replaces the simple linear combination of the two atomic orbitals with a linear combination of all orbitals in a larger basis set. The two resulting valence bond orbitals look like an atomic orbital on one hydrogen atom slightly distorted towards the other hydrogen atom. Modern valence bond theory is thus an extension of the CoulsonFischer method. There are a large number of different valence bond methods. Most use n valence bond orbitals for n electrons. If a single set of these orbitals is combined with all linear independent combinations of the spin functions, we have spincoupled valence bond theory. The total wave function is optimized using the variation principle by varying the coefficients of the basis functions in the valence bond orbitals and the coefficients of the different spin functions. In other cases only a subset of all possible spin functions is used. Many valence bond methods use several sets of the valence bond orbitals. Be warned that different authors use different names for these different valence bond methods. Valence bond programsSeveral groups have produced computer programs for modern valence bond calculations that are freely available. ReferencesFurther reading

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