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By default, population and other analysis procedures use the SCF density (i.e., the Hartree-Fock density for post-SCF methods; the DFT density for DFT jobs, and the CASSCF density for CAS jobs). The generalized densities for the MP2, MP3, MP4(SDQ), QCISD, CCD, CCSD, CID, and CISD, BD, CIS, TD and SAC-CI methods are available. These are based on the Z-Vector [Diercksen81, Diercksen81a, Handy84, Wiberg92], and hence yield multipole moments which are the correct analytical derivatives of the energy. The unrelaxed densities at second order (not the same as MP2) can also be used but are not recommended.

The options of the Density keyword select which density to analyze. The Density keyword without an option is equivalent to Density=Current.


Use the density matrix for the current method. This is the default when no option is given to Density.


Use all available densities. This is allowed for population analysis but not for electrostatics or density evaluation. Note that this option does not produce densities for all of the excited states in a CI-Singles calculation, only the density for the state of interest (see the examples below for a method of doing the former).


Use the SCF density. HF is a synonym for SCF.


Use the generalized density corresponding to the second-order energy.

Transition=N or (N,M)

Use the CIS transition density between state M and state N. M defaults to 0, which corresponds to the ground state.


Use all available CIS transition densities.


Use the generalized density corresponding to the CI energy.


Use the generalized density corresponding to the QCI (or coupled cluster) energy. QCI is a synonym for CC.


Use the one-particle density computed using the CI wavefunction for state N. This is not the same as the CI density [Wiberg92], and its use is discouraged! Chapter 9 of Exploring Chemistry with Electronic Structure Methods discusses this issue [Foresman96b].


Use the density correct to second-order in Møller-Plesset theory. This is not the same as the MP2 density, and its use is discouraged! [Wiberg92]


Use the total unrelaxed CIS density for state N. Note that this is not the same as the density resulting from CIS(Root=N,…) Density=Current, which is to be preferred [Wiberg92].


Recover the density from the checkpoint file for analysis. Implies Guess=Only ChkBasis: the calculation does not recompute new integrals, SCF, and so on, and retrieves the basis set from the checkpoint file.

The following route section specifies a TD-DFT calculation which predicts the first six excited states of the molecule under investigation. The population and other analyses will use the TD-DFT density corresponding to the lowest excited state:

# TD(NStates=6) B3LYP/6-31+G(d,p) Density=Current Pop=NBO

The following route section may be used to rerun the post-TD analyses for another excited state:

# TD(Read,Root=3) B3LYP/6-31+G(d,p) Density=Current Pop=NBO Guess=Read Geom=AllCheck

This route picks up the converged TD density and wavefunction from the checkpoint file, and performs the necessary CPHF calculation to produce the relaxed density for state 3, which is then used in the population and other analyses.

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