Interatomic exchange-correlation interaction energy from a measure of quantum theory of atoms in molecules topological bonding: A diatomic case
The potential relations between the measure of topological interatomic bonding—integrals of electron density with respect to internuclear axis over the corresponding quantum theory of atoms in molecules (QTAIM)‐defined interatomic surface (IAS)—and interatomic exchange‐correlation contributions from the interacting quantum atoms approach are discussed. The quantum chemical computations of 38 equilibrium diatomic systems at different levels of theory (HF, MP2, MP4SDQ, and CCSD) are invoked to support abstract considerations. Parameters of excellent correlations between IAS integrals and interatomic exchange‐correlation energy are found by the optimization. The performance of these trends depends on the accuracy of the electronic correlation treatment. The resulting trends are a unique feature of equilibrium states, whereas more complicated dependencies are explored for several systems at non‐equilibrium conditions. The relations of established trends with other IAS‐based estimations of strength of bonding interactions between topological atoms and issues explored for multiatomic systems are briefly discussed.