[OS X TeX] phantom-like trick?

Ross Moore ross at ics.mq.edu.au
Tue Sep 8 06:27:00 CEST 2009

On 08/09/2009, at 1:59 PM, david craig wrote:

> Is there an easy trick to getting the SUBSCRIPTS in a expressions like
> \Psi_{\overline{\Delta\nu^*}}
> and
> \Psi_{\Delta\nu^*}
> to share the same baseline?

Have you experimented with  \smash ?

These should come out with the same baseline:



but it need not be exactly the same as either without
the \smash .

In the attached image, the middle two use \smash
whereas the outer two do not:

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The asterisk is a teensy bit higher in the 3rd instance.

> (Inner products and things of objects like these just look weird  
> with the subscripts on such different levels.) I often use \phantom  
> for jobs like this, but I don't see how to make it work in this  
> instance without something very kludgy and likely to break like
> \Psi_{\phantom{\overline{\Delta\nu^*}}\hspace{-15pt}\Delta\nu^*}
> Thanks,
> David Craig
> <http://www.panix.com/~dac/>

Hope this helps,


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