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    The capabilities of polymers have grown explosively in the last decade, and an increasingly wide palette of these materials with ever-expanding functionality is now available to researchers in a myriad of fields. Photonics is no exception, and recent years have seen polymers creatively employed in very diverse optical applications. The LSApapers in this web focus provide three diverse examples: polymers for the realization of photonic-molecule lasers; deformable lenses with tunable aberrations; and nanofibers which allow new opportunities for manipulation of light at the nanoscale.

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    Photonic integrated circuits use light rather than electrons to perform a wide variety of optical functions. Recent developments in nanostructures, metamaterials, and silicon technologies have expanded the range of possible functionalities for these highly integrated optical chips. We focus here on a selection of these, showing how fundamental work in areas such as transformation optics and materials technologies could lead to new functionality for photonic integrated circuits.