My expression is


which produces on my machine

A lot of indexing

Clearly the indices with brackets around are larger than the non-bracketed ones. I would like all of them to have the same size. What is the best way of doing that?

  • \left and \right only do evil in those places.
    – egreg
    Aug 15 '17 at 15:50
  • @egreg But with the name "Thunder\Biggi", he is already on the right track. Aug 15 '17 at 16:03

Use \vphantoms for the lone scripts, so as to give them the same vertical footprint as a paren. Also, in a case like this, the \left...\right additions are not helpful and just throw confusion on the syntax. I have removed them.

Per egreg's suggestion, the use of | was replaced with the \rvert and \lvert, respectively, from the amsmath package.

  \vphantom{(} c}\bar{h}_{\lvert b)}^{\vphantom{)} c}$

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  • So the \vphantom basically makes the bracket invisible? Aug 15 '17 at 15:45
  • @ThunderBiggi A \phantom would place its [full-width] argument invisibly (i.e., reserve a vertical and horizontal space), whereas a \vphantom places a zero-width but full-height version of the invisible argument (reserves only a vertical space). Aug 15 '17 at 15:52
  • It should be \rvert in the first subscript and \lvert in the second one (needs amsmath).
    – egreg
    Aug 15 '17 at 16:07
  • @egreg I didn't know about them - they seem to be slightly smaller - neat! Aug 15 '17 at 16:22

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