# LaTeX tricks

### The indices are not on the same height in my Hamiltonian

The dagger needs some vertical space. Use `\phantom` to add
an invisible dagger also to the annihilation operator:

`c_j^\dagger c_j^{\phantom\dagger}` etc.

### The standard TeX fonts are boring and look a bit thin on printouts

You are not alone. However, good alternatives to the TeX standard
"computer modern" fonts are unfortunately rare. A simple and readable
alternative is '\usepackage{txfonts}' in the preamble, which gives you
the more robust Times Roman with corresponding math, but Times also
looks very worn out. Generally, there are many very nice commercial
text fonts which you can easily use with LaTeX, but
finding appropriate math fonts that fit typographically is difficult
(see some math
examples). A large overview of what is available for free and
commercially is the following math font site. If
you own the licence, you can download Minion and Myriad fonts from Springer. There are
some technical discussions in the Math Font Group. Check google
to see whether some good solutions have come up recently.

Comments and suggestions are welcome.

Tilman Enss, 10 May 2005