I'm writing a Physics dissertation. The body text is in sans serif font. However, I'd like the font to remain serif in math mode. For example, typing $V_\text{NL}$ in mathmode gives a sans serif subscript "NL" and I'd like it to be serif.


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I would not use \text for such a use in any case it is designed to pick up the current text font (so would be italic in a theorem typically) math identifiers should use \mathrm or \mathsf. \mathrm would be a serif font by default and could be reset to be so if your code to set up sans serif has redefined it.

  • Problem solved... \mathrm was what I wanted not \text. Cheers!
    – user95891
    Jan 14, 2016 at 14:46

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