Two implementations of laser assisted atomic layer epitaxy(LALE) for selective area growth of GaAs using trimethylgallium and AsH3 as precursors are described. A wide range of growth parameters lead to self-limiting monolayer/cycle growth which is suited for precise layer thickness control. By combining LALE with conventional metalorganic chemical vapor deposition, A10.3Ga0.7As/GaAs double heterostructures including LALE GaAs have been grown, permitting electrical and optical characterization to be performed on the thin and small areas of the LALE deposits. The information is used in a growth parameter optimization process resulting in device quality GaAs. Quantum well lasers with active region grown by LALE are demonstrated for the first time. The application of LALE to optoelectronic integration is demonstrated by depositing small area quantum wells as the gain medium in an otherwise transparent waveguide.