The quantum billiard problem, that is the Dirichlet problem for the Helmholtz equation, can be rewritten as a Fredholm integral equation of the second kind and the eigenenergies can be characterized as the zeros of the Fredholm determinant on the positive real axis. However the Fredholm determinant also has complex zeros corresponding to the resonances when the billiard table is regarded as a scatterer against the exterior wave function. That naturally leads us to a new question "Can one determine the shape of billiard table through the interior eigenenergies and exterior resonances, i.e., all zeros of the Fredholm determinant?" instead of the famous Kac's question "Can one hear the shape of a drum?", which was solved negatively.
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