Wiberg bond orders


The concept of bond order has been proposed by Wiberg [Wiberg-1966] as a calculated bond property using orthonormalized atomic orbitals which are a basis set for semi-empirical molecular orbitals. Originally it was formulated for the CNDO basis set, but it might be extended to AM1 or PM3 methods. Wiberg bond order is a measure of electron population overlap between two atoms:

\(W_{AB} = \sum\limits_{\mu \in A} \sum\limits_{\nu \in B} P_{\mu\nu}^2\)

where summation is over atomic orbitals \(\mu\) on atom A and atomic orbitals \(\nu\) on atom B, and \(P_{\mu\nu}\) is the corresponding density matrix element. For non-bonded pairs of atoms in a molecule, \(W_{AB}\) is very low but always nonzero.

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