``Full Configuration Interaction Benchmarks for the X 3B1, a 1A1, b 1B1, and c 1A1 States of Methylene,'' C. D. Sherrill, T. J. Van Huis, Y. Yamaguchi, and H. F. Schaefer, Theochem 400, 139 (1997).

Previous experimental and theoretical work on the four lowest-lying electronic states of methylene is summarized and new benchmark energies, geometries, dipole moments, and harmonic vibrational frequencies are obtained by solving the electronic Schrodinger equation exactly given a double-zeta plus polarization (DZP) basis set and restricting the core orbital to remain doubly occupied. These full configuration interaction (CI) results are used to evaluate several approximate treatments of electron correlation. The predictions of a CI procedure including all single, double, triple, and quadruple excitations (CISDTQ) are virtually identical to the full CI results for all but the c 1A1 state, which is the second state of its symmetry and as such is difficult to describe using standard single-reference methods.