I am trying to use \overset to get the following output:

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But what I get with my code

 $ (\overset{\Xi}{F^{-1}})_{\widetilde{D}}^{D}$

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I would like to have \Xi alligned right over the F.

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    Commented Jun 17, 2021 at 5:02

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I believe you need to make four changes.

  • Most importantly, change




    Put differently, the second argument of \overset has to be F, not F^{-1}.

  • Insert an empty math atom between \overset{\Xi}{F} and ^{-1}, as otherwise the inverse-symbol will be placed much too high.

  • (Optional) Change \Xi to \scriptscriptstyle\Xi to reduce the size of \Xi. (The default math style for the first argument of \overset is \scriptstyle; \scriptscriptstyle makes for a 30% linear reduction.)

  • Surround (\overset{\scriptscriptstyle\Xi}{F}{}^{-1})^{D} with curly braces and follow it with _{\widetilde{D}} in order to get the desired horizontal offset of the superscript and subscript terms. Optionally, change _{\widetilde{D}} to _{\!\widetilde{D}} to reduce the horizontal separation a bit.

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\usepackage{amsmath} % for \overset macro
$(\overset{\Xi}{F^{-1}})_{\widetilde{D}}^{D}$ vs.\

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