Some planar isospectral domains

The authors give a number of examples of two noncongruent isospectral domains in the plane and a particularly simple method of proof. One of their examples is a pair of domains that are not only isospectral but homophonic, i.e. each domain has a distinguished point such that the corresponding normalized Dirichlet eigenfunctions take equal values at the distinguished points. They interprete this to mean that if the corresponding ``drums'' are struck at these special points, then they ``sound the same'' in the very strong sense that every frequency will be excited to the same intensity for each. This shows that one really cannot hear the shape of a drum.

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International Mathematics Research Notices, 1994, 9, 391-400

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