I want to write following in latex -

Nosé–Hoover thermostat

I tried this but it didn't work -

Nos$\ {\prime} e$--Hoover thermostat
  • Welcome to tex.sx. This isn't math. It's an accented letter in text. This can be input either as Nos`e--Hoover or directly as Nosé–Hoover if your input is encoded as utf-8. – barbara beeton May 25 '19 at 23:42
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    Why an endash between two names instead of a simple hyphen? – Bernard May 25 '19 at 23:45
  • @barbarabeeton yours didn't work, but I tried "Nos\'{e}--Hoover thermostat" and it worked. – Raghav May 25 '19 at 23:58
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    @Bernard -- An en dash is used when multiple authors are involved. For relevant examples, see the AMS Style Guide for Journals, page 93. – barbara beeton May 26 '19 at 0:33
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    @Bernard A Nose-Hoover (with a hyphen) is a device for cleaning up after you use a nose hair trimmer, not a type of thermostat :) – alephzero May 26 '19 at 1:38

In the main text, just write, “Nosé–Hoover thermostat” (with a Unicode en-dash) and save the file as UTF-8. Then add to your preamble either the line


if you’re compiling in LuaLaTeX or XeLaTeX, or


If you need to use the legacy toolchain.

You can enable a few more symbols that aren’t in the T1 encoding with \usepackage{textcomp}, such as the copyright and Euro symbols. (You don’t need to do that if you’re already using the first method, with fontspec.)

You can still write this the old-fashioned way as Nos\'{e}--Hoover, and with some bibliography packages you might need to.

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