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We present a new approach to calculating potential energy surfaces for photochemical reactions by combining self-consistent-field calculations for single-reference ground and excited states with symmetry-corrected spin-flip Tamm-Dancoff approximation calculations for multireference electronic states. The method is illustrated by an application with the M05-2X exchange-correlation functional to cis-trans isomerization of the penta-2,4-dieniminium cation, which is a model (with three conjugated double bonds) of the protonated Schiff base of retinal. We find good agreement with multireference configuration interaction-plus-quadruples (MRCISD+Q) wave function calculations along three key paths in the strong-interaction region of the ground and first excited singlet states.

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Journal Of Physical Chemistry Letters

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