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Does anybody know how to make the following symbol in LaTeX? I think it is some calligraphic \mathcal{E}.

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It is not anywhere in this table and online font recognizers do not recognize it.

The general font in the book I got this symbol from, Introduction to Quantum Optics by Grynberg, is not very extraordinary: this is a formula containing the strange symbol:

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    If you can't find it in a font, you can always import it as a graphic and adapt it via tex.stackexchange.com/questions/224357/… Jun 23, 2017 at 13:29
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    Yes! Thats works, even in math mode.
    – Carucel
    Jun 23, 2017 at 13:34
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    A marginally close representation: (tug.dk/FontCatalogue/frenchcursive) via \documentclass{article} \usepackage[default]{frcursive} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} \begin{document} E \end{document} Jun 23, 2017 at 13:35
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    I can't see that page online, but something similar to a normal \mathcal{D} is used in other notation in the book. It doesn't seem to use any unusual fonts on pages I can preview.
    – Chris H
    Jun 23, 2017 at 13:58
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    @samcarter -- that's the beast. you should post that as the answer. Jun 23, 2017 at 15:05

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Online font matching sites suggests this symbol is from Linoscript font or Typo Upright font. I think it is the former, as the spiral in the lower part of the E is a bit different.

In the following image you can see an example of Linoscript (from https://www.linotype.com/45918/linoscript-product.html):

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And of Typo Upright (from https://www.linotype.com/1086717/typo-upright-regular-product.html)

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In case you have this font installed on your computer, you can use xelatex or lualatex in order to use the symbol in your document.

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It also looks very much like TypoUpright BT (originally designed by Morris Fuller Benton in 1905 as a reproduction of the 19th century French Ronde), which can be obtained freely from myfontfree.

Here is a demo with xelatex:

    \documentclass[12pt]{article}
    \usepackage{fontspec}
    \pagestyle{empty}
    \newfontfamily{\uprightcal}{TypoUpright BT}

    \begin{document}%

    Some text.

    \Huge\uprightcal{E}

    \end{document} 

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