||D. A. B. Miller, D. S. Chemla, A. C. Gossard
and P. W. Smith, "Room Temperature Optical Nonlinear Absorption and Refraction in
GaAs Multiple Quantum Wells" in "Optical Bistability 2" (Proceedings of the
Conference on Optical Bistability, Rochester, 1983) ed. C. M. Bowden, H. M. Gibbs and S.
L. McCall (Plenum, New York, 1984), 273-278.
A brief review is given ot the
nonlinear optical properties of room-temperature GaAs multiple quantum wells. These
materials show very large nonlinear absorption and refraction near their exciton
resonances. Furthermore, they are dierctly compatible with laser diodes. C.W. nonlinear
optics has recently been demonstrated for the first time with a laser diode as the sole