# Half-Filled Shells and Stability explanation [duplicate]

I am reading a book about Advanced Chemistry, and it is discussing the subject of half-filled orbitals.

The book notes that Chromium has an electron structure of $1s^2 2s^2 2p^63s^23p^63d^54s^1$

There is also some added stability when a sub-shell is half-full as this minimises the mutual repulsion between pairs of electrons in full orbitals.

Now, I'm confused by this explanation.

Is it correct to conclude that if a sub-shell is half filled, the repulsion between electrons in the half-filled subshell and other subshells with fully-filled orbitals is reduced (e.g. between the $3d$ and $3p$ subshell in Chromium)?

• This refers to repulsions between electrons in the half-filled subshell. In this case, the 3d electrons repel each other less. – orthocresol Sep 27 '17 at 19:35
• @orthocresol so what's the reference to "repulsion between pairs of electrons in full orbitals"? – vik1245 Sep 27 '17 at 19:35
• I don't actually know, so I'm confused too by the exact wording. The topic has been explained elsewhere: chemistry.stackexchange.com/questions/58625/… You may find it relevant. – orthocresol Sep 27 '17 at 19:36