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Common Greek Letters

α

Alpha

Fine structure constant; an angle.

ß

Beta

γ

Gamma

E/mc^{2}; an angle.

τ

Tau

Τ

Tau

Periodic time.

Δ

Delta

'change in . . . ', as in Δx.

δ

Delta

An infinitesimal; like Δ but smaller.

σ

Delta

Cross section; areal density; conductivity.

Epsilon

An infinitesimal quantity; permittivity.

e

e

A small energy, electron.

ζ

Zeta

A general parameter.

η

Eta

Index of refraction; a meson.

Θ

Null

An angle; Debye temperature.

θ

Theta

An *angle* (most common symbol).

κ

Kappa

Dielectric constant; thermal conductivity.

Λ

Lambda

A *rate*; a type of baryon.

λ

Lambda

μ

Meu

Reduced mass; muon; prefix *micro*.

ν

Nu

Nu

Rarely used (looks like *v*).

Ξ

Xi

A type of baryon.

ξ

Xi

A general parameter; coherence length.

Π

Pi

π

Pi

3.14159... ; pion (a meson).

ρ

Rho

Σ

Sigma

Φ

Phi

A *wave function*; an angle.

Phi

An angle; a wave function.

φ

Phi

Electrostatic potential.

χ

Chi

Susceptibility.

ψ

Psi

A *wave function*.

Mho

Used as inductance.

Ω

Ohm

Solid angle; angular frequency; a baryon.

ω

Omega

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