I would like to ask a question about the use of XMCQDPT2 and MRMP2 for ground state calculations.
Let us first assume the following case. I'm studying the reactivity of a particular molecule and am only interested in the ground state. Because not all points on the ground state PES can be properly described by a single-determinant method, I'm using CASSCF. On the geometries found with CASSCF, I would like to use a MR-PT2 method to account for dynamic electron correlation.
Now, I've checked several points on the PES with XMCQDPT2 and found that for all of them the ground state is already well-described at the CASSCF level. When I check "EIGENVECTORS OF THE EFFECTIVE HAMILTONIAN" in the XMCQDPT2 output, I see that the lowest PT2 root is always predominantly described by the lowest CASSCF root. Contributions from higher lying CASSCF states are all below 0.1. Based on previous advice on this forum, I subsequently changed my XMCQDPT2 input to:
$XMCQDPT NSTATE=10 EDSHFT=0.02 WSTATE(1)=1,-0 AVECOE(1)=1,-0 $END
However, because the description at the CASSCF level is already good, I assume I could also use MRMP2 instead of XMCQDPT2. My question is: what would the value of XMCQDPT2 over MRMP2 be in a case like this? Does the use of an effective Hamiltonian in XMCQDPT2 make any difference here?
By the way, I realize that this is a very general question and that the answer could depend on the system under investigation. However, even if this is the case I would still be interested in the personal experience that some of you might have with XMCQDPT2 vs MRMP2.
Thanks in advance for any explanation.