Interference effects, including multiple-beam and wide-angle, associated with luminescence from within a thin film are described. A simple geometrical model is used to calculate the s- and p-polarized luminescent light assuming electric-dipole radiation. The luminescence exhibits fringes when measured both as a function of the film thickness and as a function of the wavelength of the light. In the latter case the fringes can also show a beating effect. The model is applied to several experimental examples of cathodoluminescence in SiO2 and an example of photoluminescence in a-Si.
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