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Homework Help: Any Gaussian gurus out there?

  1. Jun 9, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    I am using gaussian to calculate the potential energy surface for NH3+, but I have been having troubles with convergence failures. I did some searching on the internet and found that using SCF=qc can sometimes help with convergence failures since it instruct the program to have less strict criteria. So here's what I entered:

    Route Section: #MP2 cc-PVDZ SCF=qc Scan Pop=Reg Guess=INDO

    Title: Ammonia Cation Scan

    Charge, Multiplicity: 1 2

    X 1 1.0
    H 1 nh 2 xnh
    H 1 nh 2 xnh 3 120.0
    H 1 nh 2 xnh 3 -120.0

    nh 0.5 60 .04
    xnh 29.0 60 1.0

    And the scan failed after about 2 hrs. and 44 min. I looked at the output file, and it said that the error was due to the curvature, and I'm not quite sure what that means. Any suggestions?

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    3. The attempt at a solution
  2. jcsd
  3. Jun 9, 2008 #2
    Anyone? Is this maybe due to the fact that NH3+ is planar?
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