I am using Lualatex with Latin Modern as math font. I want to produce mathsf greek symbols. However, it seems that it doesn't work for greek symbols (Using \setmathfont[\range=mathsf]{Latin Modern Math}). In regular pdflatex \mathsf{\greekletter} produces an sans serif greek symbol. So I wonder, is this also possible in lualatex? Preferably the same font as regular pdflatex (I think it's CM).

Kind Regards

  • Welcome to TeX.SX! As far as I can see, there is no sans serif mathematical Gamma in Unicode, just the bold version. :(
    – egreg
    Commented Sep 10, 2015 at 20:24

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For reasons that I find very mysterious, Unicode has the full range of Greek in sans serif bold, upright and italic, but it doesn't cover sans serif Greek in medium weight; to wit, there are


and the other Greek letters (upper and lower case), but no medium weight ones.

So it's not surprising that \symsf{\Gamma} (or \mathsf{\Gamma} in an older version of unicode-math) gives no different symbol: there's none that satisfies the request.

You can get through with \textsf:


$\Gamma\ne\textsf{\upshape Γ}\ne\symbfsf{\Gamma}$

$Γ\ne\textsf{\upshape Γ}\ne\symbfsf{Γ}$

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A kludge, I know, but I can't offer any better. Of course the sans serif font defined in the document should support Greek.

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    the unicode technical committee has a somewhat misguided fixation that symbols need to be assigned in nicely defined blocks, and they therefore assigned a single 2(hex)k block to the math alphanumerics. i'm not really sure how they managed to decide to omit the lightface sans greek (i'm pretty sure i was there when they did it!), but i'm doing the best i can to get the omission reversed. (i've provided documentation citing nist on the international system of units; if anyone has better documentation than that, please let me know.) Commented Sep 10, 2015 at 20:52
  • @barbarabeeton What is the current status of this? I too would very much like to use medium weight sans serif italic Greek symbols, mainly because in physics there are certain tensors denoted by Greek letters (e.g. permittivity, Levi-Civita, etc.) and their existing symbols don't comply with ISO 80000-2 recommendations. Commented Apr 24, 2021 at 15:40
  • @LaTeXereXeTaL -- I'm now retired, and my connections to the UTC members with whom I worked are rather tenuous. But I'll try to re-establish contact and check. (It would be a good idea to remind me; I'll add a note to my to-do list, with reference to this question, but email to me at bnb at tug.org wouldn't hurt.) Commented Apr 24, 2021 at 22:02
  • @barbarabeeton Thank you. Commented Apr 25, 2021 at 0:02

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