I'm writing a journal article (in two-column format), and want to give some results in-text (not as a table or a numbered list), along the lines of:

...yields a frequency and semi-amplitude of \\
$\nu_0= 2.1587 (8)$ d$^{-1}$ \\
$a_0=56.5 (25)$ ppm\\
where the bracketed values...

Unfortunately, with my current layout the resulting LaTeX output has a column break (which could've been a page break under other circumstances) between the lines of the first and second numerical results -- i.e., the "\nu_0" line is at the foot of one column, and the "a_0" line is at the head of the next.

Is there any way of forcing these two lines to appear contiguously? (A sort of vertical equivalent of \mbox, i guess?) Short of a rewrite to avoid the break on an ad hoc basis?

  • you surely get errors from \nu_0= 2.1587 (8)$ d$^{-1}$ ? \nu must be in math mode Nov 14, 2022 at 12:22
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    \\* is a forced line break that does not allow a page/column break, but if your document produces errors no pdf is usable and there is no guarantee \\* will do anything Nov 14, 2022 at 12:24
  • In a properly handled document you should never need to use \\ in the text at all.
    – daleif
    Nov 14, 2022 at 12:28
  • @David -- thanks, "\*" is precisely what i was looking for. [Sorry about the missing "$", now fixed; i'd stripped out a lot of additional material to get to the nub of the issue, and didn't do it carefully enough :( ]
    – ionh
    Nov 14, 2022 at 12:40
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    No you should almost never have either \\ or \newline in a document. Also why d$^{-1}$ ? why have d in text then a superscript -1 on nothing???? Shouldn't that whole line be a single math expression? Nov 14, 2022 at 12:45

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\\* is a forced line break that does not allow a page/column break. But usually forced line breaks are an indication that something is wrong, they should be rarely needed in a document.

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