Localized electron wave packet description of chemical bond and excitation: Floating and breathing Gaussian with valence-bond couplingLocalized electron wave packet description of chemical bond and excitation: Floating and breathing Gaussian with valence-bond coupling
A model of localized electron wave packets (WPs) with variable position and width (floating and breathing) that are spin-coupled as per the valence-bond theory is presented. It produces accurate potential energy curves of LiH in the ground singlet and triplet states. Quantization in a mean-field approximation of the motion of a WP that corresponds to the Li 2s electron generates semi-quantitative potential energy curves of low energy excited states. Real-time semiquantal dynamics of the WP induced by an intense laser pulse gives high-harmonic generation spectra that capture qualitative features of a higher-level wave function calculation.