I want to write the following symbol in LaTeX:

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I'm using the following (minimal) code:


    \ket \psi{(t)}

I don't however get the desired result. The $t$ symbol appears outside the ket, as opposed to the output in the figure. How do I fix this?


1 Answer 1


you've placed the (t) outside the scope of the \ket command.

just move the open brace before the \psi:

\ket {\psi(t)}.

off-topic: since amssymb loads amsfonts automatically, it's not necessary to specify them both.

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    Awesome. Btw, if you can, please do introduce a tag for "Braket" over here. I think that'd be helpful. Commented Jun 27, 2016 at 14:00
  • @JunaidAftab Well I actually just created the tag by accident, but I didn't mean to! Tags are about indexing similar questions, they're a filing system essentially. As it says on the privileges page "You should always favor existing tags; only create new tags when you feel you can make a strong case that your question does cover a new topic that nobody else has asked about before on this site." Tags aren't about providing a list of contents for your post. They should be broad. And braket notation simply isn't a LaTeX topic. Anyway, welcome to the site and +1 barbara
    – Au101
    Commented Jun 27, 2016 at 14:13
  • @Au101 -- at first i entered this as a comment, thinking there would be a previous question that had an appropriate answer. but nothing suitable came up. however, there are numerous questions about this package (as well as a lot of misspellings of regular brackets). so i'd favor a dedicated tag for the package, and would help "clean up" prior questions and "misdeeds". Commented Jun 27, 2016 at 14:23
  • Oh, fair enough :) well now we have one :P I had also overlooked the braket package. Sorry for the mess, but I think we got there in the end :)
    – Au101
    Commented Jun 27, 2016 at 14:25

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