1. Structure and functional properties of crystalline metals; V.I. Simonov. 2. UV-VUV laser and fast scintillators; J.-C. Krupa, V.N. Makhov. 3. Persistent luminescence materials; T. Aitasalo, J. Hölsä, J.-C. Krupa, M. Lastusaari, J. Niittykoski. 4. Relaxation of Mid-IR transitions of Nd3+ in laser crystals with 'short' phonon spectra; T.T. Basiev, Yu.V. Orlovskii, I.N. Vorob'ev, L.N. Dmitruk, T.D. Efimenko, V.N. Skvortsov, V.A. Konyushkin, V.V. Osiko. 5. Growth and characterization of Y-Lu-Gd aluminium perovskites; J.A. Mares, M. Nikl, K. Blazek, P. Maly, K. Nejezchleb. 6. What kind of information is possible to obtain from 2S+1L terms of 4fN configurations? E. Antic-Fidancev. 7. Location of charge-compensating vacancy in ionic crystals doped with rare earth ions: in case of cubic perovskite KMgF3 doped with Eu2+ ions; T. Tsuboi. 8. Fluorescence dynamics of Er3+ ions in MBE-grown GaNH-thin films; F. Pellé, F. Auzel, J.M. Zavada, U. Hömmerich, D.S. Lee, A.J. Stecki. 9. Heterogeneous dispersed systems: a new material science approach; V. Koshkin, Yu. Dolzhenko. 10. Electronic structure of doped and irradiated wide band-gap crystals doped with Me/RE-impurities; N.A. Kulagin. 11. Overlap polarizability and covalency in diatomic molecules and europium complexes; R.Q. Albuquerque, O.L. Malta. 12. Red-infrared emission of Tm3+ ions in YVO4 and LiNbO3 crystals by multi-phonon excitation with high-power 798 nm laser diode; T. Tsuboi, R. Yongfeng, N.A. Kulagin. 13. Valence state stabilityin SrTiO3 doped with ME/RE-ions; N.A. Kulagin, J. Dojcilovic, D. Popovic. 14. Optical transparency of quartz and fullerite C60 at high power infrared laser irradiation; I.I. Geru, D.M. Spoiala, I.T. Dihor. 15. An optimal way for computation of non-linear optical properties of crystals and large conjugated molecules within cluster models; Yu.F. Pedash, A.Yu. Semenov. 16. Modification of solid surface by a compression plasma; M.M. Kuraica, V.M. Astashynski, I.P. Dojcinovic, J. Puric.
Physics of laser crystals has been constantly developing since the invention of the laser in 1960. Nowadays, more than 1500 wide-band-gap and semiconductors crystals are suitable for the production of the laser effect. Different laser devices are widely used in science, medicine and communication systems according to the progress achieved in the development of laser crystal physics. Scintillators for radiation detection also gained benefit from these developments. Most of the optically active materials offer laser radiations within the 500 to 3000 nm region with various quantum efficiency which fit the usual applications. However, new crystals for laser emissions are needed either in the blue, UV and VUV - region or far IR- region, especially for medicine, computer microchip production and for undiscovered practical uses. Scientific problems of the growth and properties of laser crystals are discussed in numerous books and scientific journals by many scientists working in the field. Therefore, we thought that joint discussions of the scientific and technical problems in laser physics will be useful for further developments in this area. We have proposed to held a Workshop on Physics of Laser Crystals for attempting to induce additional advances especially in solid state spectroscopy. This NATO Advanced Research Workshop (ARW) was hold in Kharkiv . Stary Saltov th nd (Ukraine) on august 26 - September 2 , 2002, and was mainly devoted to the consideration 0 f modem approaches and Iast results in physics of laser crystals.