**Abstract:**

Working within relativistic polarization propagator approach, it was shown in a previous article that the electronic origin of diamagnetic contributions to NMR nuclear magnetic shielding, σdσd, are mostly excitations that fit in a well defined interval of energies such that 2mc2≦(εi−εs¯)<4mc22mc2≦(εi−εs¯)<4mc2. That interval of energies does not have, in principle, any physical reason to be so well defined, and gives a large amount of the total contribution to σdσd, e.g., close to 98% of it. Then a further study is given in this article, where we show some of the main characteristics of that interval of energy, such as its universal appearance and basis set independence. Our main result is the finding that σdσd is completely described by that interval of excitation energies, i.e., there is no contribution arising from outside of it. Most of the contributions belonging to that interval arise from virtual electronic energies larger than −3mc2−3mc2. For heavier atoms, there are few contributions from states with virtual negative energies smaller than −3mc2−3mc2. The model systems under study were noble gases, XH (X=BrX=Br, I, and At), XH2XH2 (X=OX=O, S, Se, Te, and Po), XH3XH3 (X=NX=N, P, As, Sb, and Bi); XH4XH4 (X=SnX=Sn and Pb), and SnXH3SnXH3 (X=BrX=Br and I). The pattern of contributions of occupied molecular orbitals (MOs) is also shown, where the 1s1∕21s1∕2 is the most important for excitations ending in the bottom half part of the above mentioned interval. On the other hand, the contribution of the other occupied MOs are more important than that of 1s1∕21s1∕2 for the other part of such interval. We also show that σdσd is electron correlation independent within both relativistic and nonrelativistic domain. In the case of σpσp, we find out a clear dependence of electron correlation effects with relativistic effects, which is of the order of 30% for Pb in PbH4PbH4.

**Author affiliation**: Maldonado, Alejandro Fabián. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas; Argentina. Universidad Nacional del Nordeste; Argentina

**Author affiliation**: Aucar, Gustavo Adolfo. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas; Argentina. Universidad Nacional del Nordeste; Argentina