The low-lying electronic states of NiC are investigated by all-electron ab initio multi-configuration self-consistent-field (CASSCF) calculations including relativistic corrections. The electronic structure of NiC is interpreted as perturbed antiferromagnetic couplings of the localized angular momenta of F-4(g) Ni+ and S-4(u) C-. The predicted ground state, (1)Sigma(+), is well separated from the dense manifold of excited states by an energy gap of 6465 cm(-1). Multi-reference configuration-interaction (MRCI) calculations result in r(e) = 1.621 Angstrom and omega(e) = 874 cm(-1) agreeing well with new experimental data by Brugh and Morse. D-e is determined as 2.76 eV, and D-0 as 2.70 eV. (C) 1999 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
Shim, I., & Gingerich, K. A. (1999). All-electron ab initio investigations of the electronic states of the NiC molecule. Chemical Physics Letters, 303(1-2), 87-95. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0009-2614(99)00180-3