Laser processing and chemistry written by Prof. Dr. Dieter Bäuerle published by Springer is one of my favorite books. The book gives an overview of the fundamentals and applications of laser-matter interactions, in particular with regard to laser material processing. It is a heavy book with 32 chapters and covers the theoretical and fundamental discussions, and presents many experimental examples. Not to mention that it has very useful appendixes on different types of lasers and relevant material’s parameters.
I believe, this is a book that should always be available at the desk, so one can check on plots, equations, or reviewing a specific topic in materials processing by lasers. It would also be an excellent choice for a masters or PhD level course in physics, chemistry, or materials science. For this purpose, depending on the situation, one may include just several of the chapters in the course schedule.