How do I setup my document such that my equations can look like this: 1 Specifically, I'm after the shape: 2 rather than: 3, which is generated with the mathptmx package.

Any ideas?

  • Liberation Serif gives the Z glyph depicted in your question as what you are after. Liberation fonts are designed to be free/libre fonts that are metric-compatible to Times New Roman.
    – ignis
    Commented Oct 8, 2014 at 10:45

2 Answers 2


One option, using the MathTime Pro II fonts. Unfortunately, the free lite version does not provide a large number of symbols.

\usepackage{newtxtext} % just for the text font

The equation is
$z^4 - 2z^2 + 4 = 0$, 
with $z \in C$.

enter image description here

  • It seems like a viable alternative; thanks for your help!
    – Alex
    Commented Oct 7, 2014 at 22:50

I'd use the curly italic ‘z’, but an alternative could be using the one from the slanted font:


% use the slanted z instead of the italic one in math    

% some utility commands


\int_{0}^{1}\frac{x-5}{x^{2}-5x+6}\diff x
\{z:z\bar{z}=4, z\in C\}\cap\{z:\lvert z+\bar{z}\rvert=\lvert z-\bar{z}\rvert, z\in C\}
z^{4}-2z^{2}+4=0,\quad z\in C
\frac{1}{N}\frac{\diff N}{\diff t}+0.4\log_{e}(N)-2.4=0


It works with either mathptmx or newtx (just switch the comments)

enter image description here

  • I hadn't thought of using the slanted font. It's good to know there are a couple of options.
    – Alex
    Commented Oct 7, 2014 at 23:13
  • 2
    have you ever had to put a subscript on a curly 'z'? it's a real pain, better avoided. Commented Oct 8, 2014 at 14:24

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