Calculations of the BaF-Ar triatomic system are performed with a relativistic Hamiltonian and coupled cluster theory at the CCSD(T) level for 1386 positions of the Ar atom relative to the BaF molecule. Calculations are repeated with increasing basis sets (double-, triple-, quadruple- and quintuple-zeta), and these are extrapolated to estimate the complete-basis-set limit. The resulting energies provide a potential energy for the interaction of an Ar atom with a BaF molecule. A fit is presented that parametrizes this potential. This work is needed for an understanding of the position, modes of motion and energy shifts of BaF isolated in an Ar matrix. This understanding will guide the EDM$^3$ collaboration in its pursuit of a precision measurement of the electron electric dipole moment using BaF isolated in a cryogenic Ar matrix.

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