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Comment on “Does the Hydrated Electron Occupy a Cavity?”

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Science  18 Mar 2011:
Vol. 331, Issue 6023, pp. 1387
DOI: 10.1126/science.1198191

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Larsen et al. (Reports, 2 July 2010, p. 65) suggest that, contrary to the established paradigm, the aqueous electron does not carve out and occupy a cavity in liquid water. Closer examination of their theoretical model, however, reveals that many of its predictions differ substantively from established benchmarks and that its behavior differs qualitatively from Hartree-Fock theory, upon which the model is based.

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