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Title: Entropic thermodynamics of nonlinear photonic chain networks

The convoluted nonlinear behaviors of heavily multimode photonic structures have been recently the focus of considerable attention. The sheer complexity associated with such multimode systems, allows them to display a host of phenomena that are otherwise impossible in few-mode settings. At the same time, however, it introduces a set of fundamental challenges in terms of comprehending and harnessing their response. Here, we develop an optical thermodynamic approach capable of describing the thermalization dynamics in large scale nonlinear photonic tight-binding networks. For this specific system, an optical Sackur-Tetrode equation is obtained that explicitly provides the optical temperature and chemical potential of the photon gas. Processes like isentropic expansion/compression, Joule expansion, as well as aspects associated with beam cleaning/cooling and thermal conduction effects in such chain networks are discussed. Our results can be used to describe in an effortless manner the exceedingly complex dynamics of highly multimoded nonlinear bosonic systems.

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1805200 2011171 2000538
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Communications Physics
Nature Publishing Group
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National Science Foundation
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