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hepparticles --- for typesetting high energy particle names
by Andy Buckley <>

hepparticles is a set of macros for typesetting high energy 
particle names. It provides a robust (?) and consistent structure 
within which to typeset the names and along the way solves many
problems with alignment and text styles which otherwise make 
themselves known.

Chief amongst the problems solved by hepparticles is that the
problems with boldness of particle names typeset in math mode 
when used in section titles, headers and tables of contents
disappear. The typesetting convention by default uses upright
names for "concrete" particles and italic type for generic
particle labels but the convention can be specified at 
package-include time, making this package suitable for journal

Fuller documentation for this package can be found in the files
hepparticles.{ps,pdf}, distributed with the package and some 
examples (used for debugging) are in testhepparticles.{ps,pdf},
with source code in testhepparticles.tex.

You may also be interested in the heppennames and hepnicenames 
packages, which use this package to define a large set of 
common particle names.

This material is subject to the LaTeX Project Public License. 
for the details of that license.

Author: Andy Buckley <>


Name Size Date Notes
README 1456 2005-02-22 10:25:00
hepparticles.pdf 102006 2005-02-22 10:20:00
hepparticles.sty 15039 2005-02-22 10:22:00
hepparticles.tex 10815 2005-02-22 10:19:00
testhepparticles.pdf 71250 2005-02-22 10:27:00
testhepparticles.tex 10161 2005-02-22 10:25:00

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HEP­par­ti­cles – Macros for type­set­ting high en­ergy physics par­ti­cle names

HEP­par­ti­cles is a set of macros for type­set­ting high en­ergy par­ti­cle names, to meet the fol­low­ing cri­te­ria:

1. The main par­ti­cle name is a Ro­man or Greek sym­bol, to be type­set in up­right font in nor­mal con­texts.

2. Ad­di­tion­ally a su­per­script and/or sub­script may fol­low the main sym­bol.

3. Par­ti­cle res­o­nances may also have a res­o­nance spec­i­fier which is type­set in paren­the­ses fol­low­ing the main sym­bol. In gen­eral the paren­the­ses may also be fol­lowed by sub- and su­per­scripts.

4. The par­ti­cle names are ex­pected to be used both in and out of math­e­mat­i­cal con­texts.

5. If the sur­round­ing text is bold or italic then the par­ti­cle name should adapt to that con­text as best as pos­si­ble (this may not be pos­si­ble for Greek sym­bols).

A con­se­quence of point 5 is that the well-known prob­lems with bold­ness of par­ti­cle names in sec­tion ti­tles, head­ers and ta­bles of con­tents au­to­mat­i­cally dis­ap­pear if these macros are used.

Li­censeThe LaTeX Project Public Li­cense
Main­tainerAndy Buck­ley
Con­tained inTeXlive as hep­par­ti­cles
MikTeX as hep­par­ti­cles
Topics sup­port for type­set­ting physics doc­u­ments
See also maybemath
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