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I'm looking for a way to get symbols for perpendicular and parallel with an equal height. I want to use the symbols as a superscript to a function like

\Psi^{\perp/\parallel}

However, it looks kind of awkward since the two symbols are not displayed at the same height (the parallel sign is way larger). If I use

\scriptstyle\parallel

the symbols have approximately the same height but are not aligned properly in the vertical direction.


Update: I found out that

\Psi^{\perp/\raisebox{0.5pt}{$\scriptscriptstyle\parallel$}}(x)

produces what I'm looking for. Still this is kind of a hack and more consistent solution would be really appreciated.

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I suggest you construct a symbol using vertical rules. One version that will adapt itself to different math modes is

\newcommand{\myparallel}{{\mkern3mu\vphantom{\perp}\vrule depth 0pt\mkern2mu\vrule depth 0pt\mkern3mu}}

which you can use as

\Psi^{\perp/\myparallel}

The height of the \vrule here automatically adjusts to the height of \perp, setting the depth to 0pt makes it fit with the base of that symbol too.

  • Woohh, nice one. Thanks a lot. :) By the way, I think it looks a bit better with \mkern1mu in the middle. – hennes Jul 25 '12 at 12:33
  • Different fonts will require different choices of the spacing parameters before, after and between the rules. Please feel free to adjust as necessary. – Andrew Swann Jul 25 '12 at 15:15

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