J. Phys. IV France
Volume 10, Numéro PR3, March 2000
Organic Superconductivity "20th Anniversary"
Page(s) Pr3-57 - Pr3-67
Organic Superconductivity "20th Anniversary"

J. Phys. IV France 10 (2000) Pr3-57-Pr3-67

DOI: 10.1051/jp4:2000306

From molecules to organic crystals : The contribution of quantum chemistry

L. Ducasse, A. Fritsch and F. Castet

Laboratoire de Physico-Chimie Moléculaire, UMR 5803, Université de Bordeaux I, 33405 Talence Cedex, France

Quantum chemistry is now able to provide a quantitative description of the topology of electron interactions in organic conductors. Beyond the one electron picture, the calculation of Coulomb repulsion interactions is also feasible. The refinement of the calculation tools now offers a deeper and consistent insight on the intra and intermolecular interactions in the materials, that do not suffer from the preconceptions that have plagued the extraction of phenomenological model Hamiltonians. VB models form the backbone of consistent extraction procedures. They can also reveal sizeable new electron coupling mechanisms such as the anion-cation pole-induced dipole interaction.

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