This question has a similar title, but my question is different.

I would like to denote the kth exterior power similar to this:

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\wedge is too small and \bigwedge is not only too big but also centered in a strange way:

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Also, I don't like using \Lambda instead. I tried the relsize package, which provides the command \mathlarger{}. This is the result:


As you see, the wedge is still too small and there is too much space between the wedge and the letter k.

Do you know a good solution?

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    dAdd a negative kerning to the exponent – something like \bigwedge^{\mkern-6mu k} (value to be adjusted to the real spacing). – Bernard Mar 16 at 20:24
  • BTW, if any of the answers helped you, it'd be nice if you could accept one of them by clicking on the checkmark symbol. – chsk May 3 at 9:58
  • @chsk The problem is that I found several answers helpful. – Filippo May 3 at 12:08
  • @Filippo Ah, there's an easy solution to that. Just accept mine then. ;) – chsk May 3 at 12:16
  • @chsk I know that was a joke, but I don't see the point in accepting one specific answer and therefore making it seem more helpful than the others. I think that all answers can be helpful to someone reading this question, especially because different methods have been used to solve the problem. – Filippo May 3 at 15:49

You mention that a regular upper-case \Lambda won't cut it, but you could use a sans-serif one. I took the liberty of adapting @egreg's answer to this question:

\setmathfontface\mathsans{TeX Gyre Heros}
$$\wedgeprod^k V = {} \underbrace{ V \wedge V \dots \wedge V }_{\text{$k$ times}}$$

This produces:

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Definitely far from perfect, but better than nothing.

  • There is a little v to the RHS :-) +1 – Sebastiano Mar 16 at 21:47
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    D'oh. Thanks for the pointer! – chsk Mar 16 at 21:48
  • I vote your efforts and .....of the users :-) – Sebastiano Mar 16 at 21:49
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    Fixed & much appreciated! – chsk Mar 16 at 21:50

You can use a scaled down and raised up \bigwedge symbol.


  % raise to the baseline
  % select the script size relative to the current font
  % nullify the math surround
  % typeset \bigwedge, but using \textstyle in displays
  % the exponent, a bit nearer to the symbol
  % remove the \scriptspace


\exterior{k}V &= {\underbrace{V\wedge V\wedge\dots\wedge V}_{\text{$k$ times}}}
\exterior{k}(V) &= {\underbrace{V\wedge V\wedge\dots\wedge V}_{\text{$k$ times}}}


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Here I use a rotated text V to make the operator. Based on the OP's figures, I employed sffamily. Also, there appeared to be two sizes employed, so I mirrored that in \lamop and \lamopbold.

 \lamopbold^{\!k}(V) = \underbrace{V \lamop \dots \lamop V}_{\text{k times}}

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Here I add my proposal using a newcommand \bigw (of the standard symbol of Amsmath, \bigwedge) created with \scalebox contained in graphicx package. You can decrease the symbol \bigw changing the parameter of \scalebox{.95}[1].



\[\bigw^{\!k}(V)=\underbrace{V \wedge V \dotsb \wedge V }_{k \text{ times}}\]


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