Debris-free generation of a tin plasma was demonstrated in the cavity-confined configuration. Narrow band emission at 13.7-nm was observed in an emission spectrum of a cavity confined tin plasma. The spectral efficiency was as high as 12% and we found the conversion efficiency could reach 6%/2π str ultimately while lots of works are required to achieve this value. We also confirmed a magnetic field has some effect of stopping a plasma.© (2003) COPYRIGHT SPIE--The International Society for Optical Engineering. Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.