The text of The Physics and Engineering of Solid State Lasers details the mutual influences between the physical and dynamic processes in solids and their lasing properties. It discusses the physics of optical dynamics and energy transfer in solids and their effects on the properties of solid-state lasers and laser materials. Chapters cover fluoride laser crystals, garnet crystals as laser hosts, lasing efficiency and sensitization, and the photophysics of solid-state lasers. Part of the “Tutorial Text” series, the 222-page resource includes references. Yehoshua Y. Kalisky; SPIE Press, Bellingham, Wash., 2006; softcover, $46, SPIE members, $56, nonmembers.