A laser system is disclosed for facilitating transient surface heating and/or melting and regrowth of amorphous, polycrystalline or imperfect crystalline semiconductor wafer material. This system also has specific application to gettering of impurities and the annealing-out of defects within a semiconductor wafer. In the system, a number of circular target-wafers are arranged around the periphery of a turntable. The turntable rotates while a simple, slow-moving beam-delivery system moves radially with respect to the turntable delivering a helical scan which may also be in the form of a multiple-track. Use of the turntable with a multiple wafer load allows efficient batch-processing. Blocking masks may be employed when it is desired to irradiate only selected areas of the semiconductor substrates.