Charge distributions in polyacetylene chains containing a positively charged defect

Valentin Monev, Milena Spassova, Benoît Champagne

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We present a comparative study of the AIM, CHELPG, GAPT, MK, Mulliken, NPA, and RESP charge distributions associated with a positively charged soliton on increasingly large trans-polyacerylene chains, at HF, MP2, and DFT levels of theory. The charge storage in the soliton-bearing systems is explored in detail, including charge magnitude, charge separation, charge alternation, and chain length effects. The grouping of the charge distributions at a given level of theory, as well as the sensitivity of a given charge distribution to the inclusion of electron correlation in its computation, are investigated using similarity analysis. Several of the charge definitions have been applied for the first time for charged soliton-bearing systems, and there are substantial differences between the charge distributions for the charged and neutral systems. Thus, AIM charges are no longer one of the largest charge values, the AIM charges can be in counterphase with other definitions, and the GAPT charges for neutral systems are quite different from the GAPT charges for charged systems, e.g., the magnitudes of the GAPT charges are anomalously large and increase with the size of the charged system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)354-366
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Quantum Chemistry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2005


  • Charge distribution
  • Charged soliton
  • Similarity analysis
  • Trans-polyacetylene


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