CCL: Inquire a cutoff value for degenerate states

 Sent to CCL by: Robert Molt [r.molt.chemical.physics/./]
It's going to be dependent on the system. We need more information from the original question poser about the context.
If I said that two electronic states are separated by 0.1 eV, they are roughly degenerate. If you told me the states were separated by 0.01 eV, I would definitely call those electronic states degenerates. But therein lies the issue: relative to the energy scale of electronic states, 0.01 eV is very tiny. By contrast, like Dr. Abrash noted, 0.01 eV is pathetic for certain spectroscopy studies.
 On 9/18/15 9:27 AM, Abrash, Samuel sabrasha/ wrote:
 Sent to CCL by: "Abrash, Samuel" [sabrash,+,]
 I don't know the theoretical convention, but from the point of view of a
 spectroscopist (my original training), .01 eV is 81 cm-1, and while states
 separated by 81 cm-1 will begin to exhibit Fermi resonance, they would not be
 considered degenerate.  However, the convention for computational chemistry may
 be based on other arguments.
 Samuel A. Abrash
 Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
 Coordinator, Environmental Studies Program
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 Subject: CCL: Inquire a cutoff value for degenerate states
 Sent to CCL by: "Youzhao  Lan" [lyzhao,+,] Dear all,
    I want to set a small cutoff value for deciding whether two states are
 Is there a generally acceptted value in a.u. or eV unit for this cutoff?
 e.g., 0.001 a.u. or 0.01 eV?
 Any help will be appreciated.
 Dr. Robert Molt Jr.
 Visiting Associate Professor of Chemistry
 Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology
 Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
 LD 326
 402 N. Blackford St.
 Indianapolis, IN 46202