[Tex/LaTex] normal high asterisk in equation mode


I was looking back at some of the equations that I had written and noticed that the asterisks weren't behaving how I was expecting it to (I also understand that my expectations may differ from other users).

The point is, I'm trying to get Q* but instead I get something like this Q✶. I've tried using the caret (^) for superscript but it looks awfully small.

Does anyone know a way to get the asterisk to behave as if it is in the normal text environment while in the equation mode?

Best Answer

The text asterisk is raised, while the math asterisk is used for denoting an operation.

You can use \mbox{*} or \text{*} (if you load amsmath).

However, in general $Q^{*}$ is preferred.

You can get the behavior automatically:


%%% magic code starts
%%% magic code ends

$a^{\ast} Q*$

I've added \ast that is the usual math asterisk for a comparison.

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I'd recommend using the first form.

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