I came across the following two symbols in an article:

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The usual \mathbb{\Delta} or \mathbb{\nabla} aren't working. Can anybody say what package/command I should use to reproduce these?


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    Welcome to TeX.SX! I have not seen this symbols so far -- perhaps they aren't provided directly and have to be constructed with \kern etc. – user31729 Jun 11 '16 at 6:22
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    What does it mean? For me it looks like en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egyptian_pyramids – Przemysław Scherwentke Jun 11 '16 at 6:29
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    @PrzemysławScherwentke: The famous Pyramid operators applied by aliens instead of \Delta and \nabla^2 ;-) – user31729 Jun 11 '16 at 6:38
  • @PrzemysławScherwentke The first is a certain metric, the second is a certain tangent vector called ambient gradient . They come from this paper: arxiv.org/pdf/1208.0434v1.pdf – Sayantan Jun 11 '16 at 6:39
  • See also: ctan.org/pkg/mbboard – user31729 Jun 11 '16 at 6:55

You can find the definitions employed by the paper's author by downloading the source file from arXiv.

Those two symbols are there defined as:


Note that this might not be the best way to define symbols like those -- it's just the way used by the author -- and other answers here can provide better definitions.


Here's a possible workaround if the symbols aren't available:

Use the relevant symbol, say \Delta with negative kerning, say, \mkern-12u and the same symbol again.

The kerning value is just a guess and can be changed of course.

The package bbold provides a blackboard letter symbol for \Delta, but this looks different and is probably not desired.

The mbboard package seems to define the symbols out of the box, but it is not on TeXLive, see mbboard on CTAN.






The symbol \verb!\mathbb{\Delta}!  $\mathbb{\Delta}$ is probably wrong. 

Some testing of symbols

$\bbDelta$ and $\bbNabla$


$\bbDelta$ and $\bbNabla$


$\bbDelta$ and $\bbNabla$


$\bbDelta$ and $\bbNabla$


$\bbDelta$ and $\bbNabla$

   \bbDelta \neq \bbNabla


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Run with xelatex or lualatex:

\setmathfont{XITS Math}

\Huge$\dDelta$ and $\dNabla$


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If you want the bold characters use \mbfDelta and \mbfnabla instead.

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