Spin relaxation times in GaAsxSb1-x quantum wells are measured at 295 K using time-resolved circular dichroism induced by 1.5 μm, 100 fs pulses. Values of 1.03 and 0.84 ps are obtained for samples with x=0 and 0.188, respectively. These times are ≫5 times shorter than those in InGaAs and InGaAsP wells with similar band gaps. The shorter relaxation times are attributed to the larger spin-orbit conduction-band splitting in the Ga(As)Sb system, consistent with the D’yakonov–Perel theory of spin relaxation [M. I. D’yakonov and V. I. Perel, Sov. Phys. JETP 38, 177 (1974)]. Our results indicate the feasibility of engineering an all-optical, polarization switch at 1.5 μm with response time ≪250 fs. © 1999 American Institute of Physics.