# Mixing PBC and molecular modules¶

Post-HF methods, as standalone numerical solvers, do not require knowledge of the boundary conditions. Calculations on finite-sized systems and extended systems are distinguished by the boundary conditions of the integrals (and basis). The same post-HF solver can thus be used for both finite-size problems and the periodic boundary problems if they have a compatible Hamiltonian structure.

In PySCF, many molecular post-HF solvers have two implementations: an incore and
outcore version. These differ by the treatment of the 2-electron
integrals. The incore solver takes the `_eri`

(or `with_df`

, see
mol_df) from the underlying mean-field object as the two-electron
interaction part of the Hamiltonian while the outcore solver generates the
2-electron integrals (with free boundary conditions) on the fly.
To use the molecular post-HF solvers in PBC code, we need to ensure that the incore
version solver is called.

Generating `_eri`

in a mean-field object is the straightforward way to
trigger the incore post-HF solver. If the allowed memory is large enough to
hold the entire 2-electron integral array, the Gamma point HF solver always
generates and holds this array. A second choice is to set `incore_anyway`

in `cell`

which forces the program to generate and hold `_eri`

in
the mean-field object.

Note

If the problem is big, `incore_anyway`

may overflow the available
physical memory.

Holding the full integral array `_eri`

in memory limits the problem size
one can treat. Using the density fitting object `with_df`

to hold the
integrals can overcome this problem. This architecture has been bound to PBC
and molecular mean-field modules. Not all post-HF methods are available with density fitting.

Aside from the 2-electron integrals, there are some attributes and methods
required by the post-HF solver. They are `get_hcore()`

, and
`get_ovlp()`

for 1-electron integrals, `_numint`

, `grids`

for
the numerical integration of DFT exchange-correlation functionals. These are all
overloaded in the PBC mean-field object to produce the PBC integrals.

## Examples¶

```
#!/usr/bin/env python
'''
Gamma point post-HF calculation needs only real integrals.
Methods implemented in finite-size system can be directly used here without
any modification.
'''
import numpy
from pyscf.pbc import gto, scf
cell = gto.M(
a = numpy.eye(3)*3.5668,
atom = '''C 0. 0. 0.
C 0.8917 0.8917 0.8917
C 1.7834 1.7834 0.
C 2.6751 2.6751 0.8917
C 1.7834 0. 1.7834
C 2.6751 0.8917 2.6751
C 0. 1.7834 1.7834
C 0.8917 2.6751 2.6751''',
basis = '6-31g',
verbose = 4,
)
mf = scf.RHF(cell).density_fit()
mf.with_df.mesh = [10]*3
mf.kernel()
#
# Import CC, TDDFT module from the molecular implementations
#
from pyscf import cc, tddft
mycc = cc.CCSD(mf)
mycc.kernel()
mytd = tddft.TDHF(mf)
mytd.nstates = 5
mytd.kernel()
```