Energy confinement time

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The energy confinement time is defined as a function of the global plasma energy content, W, and the applied total heating power, P: [1]

It is one of the main figures of merit of magnetically confined plasmas, and one of the factors of the Lawson criterion for fusion.

See also


  1. J.P. Freidberg, Plasma physics and fusion energy, Cambridge University Press (2007) ISBN 0521851076