Radiative heat transfer in nonlinear Kerr media

Chinmay Khandekar, Adi Pick, Steven G. Johnson, Alejandro W. Rodriguez

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We obtain a fluctuation-dissipation theorem describing thermal electromagnetic fluctuation effects in nonlinear media that we exploit in conjunction with a stochastic Langevin framework to study thermal radiation from Kerr (χ(3)) photonic cavities coupled to external environments at and out of equilibrium. We show that, in addition to thermal broadening due to two-photon absorption, the emissivity of such cavities can exhibit asymmetric, non-Lorentzian line shapes due to self-phase modulation. When the local temperature of the cavity is larger than that of the external bath, we find that the heat transfer into the bath exceeds the radiation from a corresponding linear blackbody at the same local temperature. We predict that these temperature-tunable thermal processes can be observed in practical, nanophotonic cavities operating at relatively small temperatures.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number115406
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number11
StatePublished - 5 Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes

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