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Some properties of the solution to fractional heat equation with a fractional Brownian noise

Advances in Difference Equations20172017:107

DOI: 10.1186/s13662-017-1151-0

Received: 26 December 2016

Accepted: 21 March 2017

Published: 8 April 2017


In this paper, we consider the stochastic heat equation of the form
$$\frac{\partial u}{\partial t}=\Delta_{\alpha}u+\frac{\partial ^{2}B}{\partial t\,\partial x}, $$
where \(\frac{\partial^{2}B}{\partial t\,\partial x}\) is a fractional Brownian sheet with Hurst indices \(H_{1},H_{2}\in(\frac{1}{2},1)\) and \(\Delta _{\alpha}=-(-\Delta)^{\alpha/2}\) is a fractional Laplacian operator with \(1<\alpha\leq2\). In particular, when \(H_{2}=\frac{1}{2}\) we show that the temporal process \(\{u(t,\cdot),0\leq t\leq T\}\) admits a nontrivial p-variation with \(p=\frac{2\alpha}{2\alpha H_{1}-1}\) and study its local nondeterminism and existence of the local time.


fractional Brownian sheet p-variation local nondeterminism local time


60F05 60H05 91G70

1 Introduction

The stochastic calculus of Gaussian processes is not only an important research direction in stochastic analysis, but also an important instrument. Many important Gaussian processes such as fractional Brownian motion, sub-fractional Brownian motion, bi-fractional Brownian motion and weighted-fractional Brownian motion have be studied. Some surveys and a complete list of literature for fBm could be found in Alós et al. [1], Nualart [2] and the references therein. On the other hand, stochastic heat equations driven by Gaussian noises are a recent research direction in probability theory and stochastic analysis, and many interesting studies have been given. We mention the works of Bo et al. [3], Chen et al. [4], Duncan et al. [5], Hajipour and Malek [6], M Hu et al. [7], Y Hu [810], Jiang et al. [11], Liu and Yan [12], Nualart and Ouknine [13], Tindel et al. [14], Walsh [15], Yang and Baleanu [16] and the references therein. Moreover, the solutions of linear stochastic heat equations with additive Gaussian noises are some Gaussian fields. Such a stochastic heat equation on \({\mathbb {R}}\) can be written as
$$ \textstyle\begin{cases} \frac{\partial}{\partial t}u(t,x)={\mathcal {L}}u+\frac{\partial ^{2}}{\partial t\,\partial x}B(t,x),\quad t\in[0,T], x\in{\mathbb {R}},\\ u(0,x)=0, \quad x\in{\mathbb {R}}, \end{cases} $$
where \({\mathcal {L}}\) is a quasi-differential operator and B is a two-parameter Gaussian field. Therefore, it seems interesting to study the properties and calculus for the solutions of equation (1.1) as some special Gaussian process.
When \({\mathcal {L}}=\Delta\) and B is a white noise, the solution of (1.1) satisfies
$$Eu(t,x)u(s,x)=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi}} \bigl(\sqrt{s+t}-\sqrt{ \vert t-s \vert } \bigr) $$
for all \(s,t\in[0,T]\) and \(x\in{\mathbb {R}}\). In this case, the temporal process \(\{u(t,\cdot),t\in[0,T]\}\) is a bi-fractional Brownian motion, and it admits a nontrivial quartic variation. More works can be found in Mueller and Tribe [17], Pospisil and Tribe [18], Sun and Yan [19], Swanson [20] and the references therein. When \({\mathcal {L}}=\Delta\) and B is a fractional noise with Hurst index \(\frac{1}{2}< H<1\), the solution of (1.1) satisfies
$$Eu(t,x)u(s,x)=\frac{H(2H-1)}{2\sqrt{2\pi}} \int_{0}^{t} \int _{0}^{s} \vert u-v \vert ^{2H-2} (s+t-u-v )^{-\frac{1}{2}}\,du\,dv $$
for all \(s,t\in[0,T]\) and \(x\in{\mathbb {R}}\), which shows that the temporal process \(\{u(t,\cdot),t\in[0,T]\}\) is a self-similar Gaussian process with the index \(H-\frac{1}{4}\). Moreover, Ouahhabi and Tudor [21] studied the local nondeterminism and joint continuity of its local times of the solution to (1.1). When \({\mathcal {L}}=\Delta\) and B is a fractional noise in time with correlated spatial structure, Tudor and Xiao [22] studied various path properties of the solution process u with respect to the time and space variable. When \({\mathcal {L}}=-(-\Delta )^{\frac{\alpha}{2}}\) and B is a white noise, Cui et al. [23] and Wu [24] studied some properties and stochastic calculus of the solution of (1.1).
Motivated by the above results, in this paper we consider also equation (1.1) when \({\mathcal {L}}=-(-\Delta)^{\frac{\alpha}{2}}\) and W is a fractional Brownian sheet with Hurst indices \(H_{1},H_{2}\in(\frac{1}{2},1)\). Our main objectives are to introduce the local nondeterminism, existence of the local time and p-variation of the solution. In Section 2, we give some basic notations on the fractional Laplacian operator \(\Delta_{\alpha}=-(-\Delta)^{\frac{\alpha}{2}}\) and the fractional Brownian sheet. In Section 3 we consider the time regularity of solution \(u(t, x)\) to (1.1) with \({\mathcal {L}}=-(-\Delta)^{\frac{\alpha}{2}}\) and a fractional Brownian sheet B. In particular, when \(H_{2}=\frac{1}{2}\) we show that the temporal process \(\{u(t,\cdot),t\in[0,T]\}\) of the solution satisfies
$$C_{1} \vert t-s \vert ^{2H_{1}-\frac{1}{\alpha}}\leq {E} \bigl\vert u(s,x)-u(t,x) \bigr\vert ^{2}\leq C_{2} \vert t-s \vert ^{2H_{1}-\frac{1}{\alpha}} $$
for any \(t, s\in[0, T], x\in\mathbb{R}\). As a corollary, we see that the temporal process \(\{u(t,\cdot),t\in[0,T]\}\) is nontrivial p-variation with \(p=\frac{2\alpha}{2\alpha H_{1}-1}\). The existence of the local nondeterminism and the local times of the solution will be discussed in Section 4, respectively.

2 Preliminaries

In this section, we briefly recall some basic results for the Green function of the operator \(\Delta_{\alpha}=-(-\Delta)^{\alpha/2}\) and fractional Brownian sheet. We refer to Chen and Kumagai [25], Russo and Tudor [26] and the references therein for more details. Throughout this paper, for simplicity we let C stand for a positive constant and its value may be different in different appearances; and sometimes we also stress that it depends on some constants. For \(x,y,z\in\mathbb{R}\), we denote \(x_{+}= \max(x,0)\) and
$$\mathcal{J}^{+}(x,y,z)=(x-y)^{z-\frac{3}{2}}_{+}, \qquad \mathcal {J}(x,y,z)=(x-y)^{z-\frac{3}{2}},\qquad \mathcal{K}(x,y,z)= \vert x-y \vert ^{2z-2}. $$

2.1 Fractional Laplacian operator \(\Delta_{\alpha}=-(-\Delta )^{\alpha/2}\)

Consider a symmetric α-stable motion \(X=\{X_{t},t\geq0\}\) with \(\alpha\in(0,2)\) on \({\mathbb {R}}\), and let its transition density function be \(G_{\alpha}(x,t)\). Then we have
$$\int_{\mathbb {R}}G_{\alpha}(x,t)e^{izx}\,dx=e^{-t \vert z \vert ^{\alpha}} $$
for all \(t\geq0\) and \(z\in{\mathbb {R}}\), and \(G_{\alpha}(x,t)\) is the fundamental solution of equation
$$\frac{\partial u}{\partial t}=\Delta_{\alpha}u. $$
Certainly, the kernel \(G_{\alpha}\) is also called the heat kernel of the operator \(\Delta_{\alpha}\). Denote
$$\mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(s,x;t,y)=G_{\alpha}(y-x,t-s) $$
for all \(x,y\in{\mathbb {R}}\) and \(s,t\geq0\). It follows that
$$\begin{aligned} & C_{1}^{-1} \biggl((t-s)^{-\frac{d}{\alpha}}\wedge\frac{a^{\alpha}(t-s)}{ \vert x-y \vert ^{d+\alpha}} \biggr)\leq \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(s,y;t,x)\leq C_{1} \biggl((t-s)^{-\frac{d}{\alpha}} \wedge\frac{a^{\alpha}(t-s)}{ \vert x-y \vert ^{d+\alpha}} \biggr), \end{aligned}$$
$$\begin{aligned} & \biggl\vert \frac{\partial\mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(s,y;t,x)}{\partial t} \biggr\vert \leq\frac{C}{t-s}\mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(s,y;t,x) \end{aligned}$$
for all \(x,y\in{\mathbb {R}}, t>s\geq0\) and some constant \(C, C_{1}>1\), where \(x\wedge y=\min\{x,y\}\) for \(x,y\in{\mathbb{R}}\).

2.2 Fractional Brownian sheet

Recall that a two-parameter fractional Brownian sheet \(B=\{B(t, x), t\in[0,T], x\in\mathbb{R}\}\) is a mean zero Gaussian random field with the covariance function
$$\begin{aligned} \Re_{H_{1}}(s,t)\Re_{H_{2}}(x,y)&=E\bigl(B(t, x)B(s, y)\bigr) \\ &=\frac{1}{2} \bigl(s^{2H_{1}}+t^{2H_{1}}- \vert s-t \vert ^{2H_{1}} \bigr)\times\frac{1}{2} \bigl( \vert x \vert ^{2H_{2}}+ \vert y \vert ^{2H_{2}}- \vert x-y \vert ^{2H_{2}} \bigr) \end{aligned}$$
with \(H_{1},H_{2}\in(0, 1)\). Let \(\mathcal{H}\) be the completion of the linear space \({\mathcal {E}}\) generated by the indicator functions \({1}_{(s,t]\times(x,y]}\) on \([0,T]\times\mathbb{R}\) with respect to the scalar product
$$\langle{1}_{[0,t]\times[0,x]} \rangle_{\mathcal {H}}=\Re_{H_{1}}(s,t) \Re_{H_{2}}(x,y), $$
where \({1}_{[0,t]\times[0,x]} ={1}_{[0,t]\times[x,0]}\) if \(x\leq0\). Define a linear mapping Φ on \({\mathcal {E}}\) by
$$\varphi={1}_{[0,t]\times[0,x]}\longmapsto B(t,x)= \int_{0}^{T} \int_{\mathbb{R}}\varphi(s,y)B(ds,dy). $$
Then the mapping is an isometry between \({\mathcal {E}}\) and the Gaussian space associated with B. Moreover, the mapping can be extended to \({\mathcal {H}}\), and it is called the Wiener integral with respect to B which is denoted by
$$B(\varphi):= \int^{T}_{0} \int_{\mathbb{R}}\varphi(s,y)B(ds, dy),\quad \varphi\in\mathcal{H}. $$

Proposition 2.1

If \(\rho\in\mathcal{H}\), then
$$\begin{aligned} &\int_{[0,1]} \int_{\mathbb{R}} \rho(s,y)B(ds,dy) \\ &\quad= \int_{\mathbb{R}^{2}}W(ds,dy) \int_{\mathbb{R}} \rho(t, y)\mathcal{J}^{+}(t,s,H){1}_{(0,1)}(t)\,dt, \end{aligned}$$
where \(s\in\mathbb{R}, y \in\mathbb{R}\) and \(W(s,y)\) is a space-time white noise.
Representation (2.3) can be obtained by using the moving average expression of the fractional Brownian motion. Notice that a similar transfer formula can be written using the representation of the fractional Brownian motion as Wiener integral on a finite interval (see, e.g., Nualart [2]). Denote
$$\Lambda_{H}(t,s;x,y)=4H_{1}H_{2}(2H_{1}-1) (2H_{2}-1)\mathcal{K}(t,s,H_{1}) \mathcal {K}(x,y,H_{2}) $$
for any \(0\leq s < t\leq T\) and \(x, y \in\mathbb{R}\). Thus, from Bo et al. [3], Jiang et al. [27] and Wei [28] one can give the following statements:
  • For \(H>\frac{1}{2}\), we have
    $$L^{\frac{1}{H}}\bigl([0, T ]\times\mathbb{R}\bigr) \subset\mathcal{H}. $$
  • For \(\varphi, \psi\in\mathcal{H}\), we have \(E[B(\varphi)]=0\) and
    $$\begin{aligned} E\bigl[B(\varphi)B(\psi)\bigr]= \int_{[0,T]^{2}}\,dv\,du \int_{{\mathbb{R}}^{2}}\varphi(u,x)\psi(v,y)\Lambda_{H}(u,v;x,y)\,dy\,dx. \end{aligned}$$
  • If \(H>\frac{1}{2}\) and \(f,g\in L^{\frac{1}{H}}([a,b])\), then
    $$\int_{a}^{b} \int_{a}^{b}f(u)g(v)\mathcal{K}(u,v,H)\,du\,dv\leq C_{H} \Vert f \Vert _{L^{\frac{1}{H}}([a,b])} \Vert g \Vert _{L^{\frac{1}{H}}([a,b])}. $$

3 Some basic estimates of the solution

Given a filtered probability space \((\Omega,\mathscr{F}, (\mathscr{F}_{t})_{t\geq0}, P)\), where \(\mathscr{F}_{t}\) is the σ-algebra generated by B up to time t. In this section, we introduce some basic estimates of the solution of the equation
$$ \frac{\partial u}{\partial t}(t,x)=\Delta_{\alpha}u+ \frac{\partial ^{2}B}{\partial t\,\partial x}(t,x), \quad t\in[0,T], x\in{\mathbb {R}} $$
with initial value \(u(0,x)=0\), where B is a two-parameter fractional Brownian sheet with Hurst index \(H_{1},H_{2}\in(\frac{1}{2},1)\). Clearly, the unique solution to (3.1) can be written as (see Walsh [15])
$$ u(t,x)= \int_{0}^{t} \int_{\mathbb{R}}\mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(s,y;t,x)B(ds,dy) $$
for all \(t\in[0,T]\) and \(x\in{\mathbb {R}}\).

Proposition 3.1

The unique solution (3.2) satisfies
$$\sup_{t\in[0,T], x\in\mathbb{R}} E \bigl\vert u(t, x) \bigr\vert ^{p} < \infty $$
for all \(T>0\), \(\alpha\in(1,2)\), \(H_{1},H_{2}\in(\frac{1}{2},1)\) and \(p\geq2\).


Clearly, we have
$$\begin{aligned} &\int_{\mathbb{R}} \biggl((t-s)^{-\frac{1}{\alpha}} \wedge \frac {t-s}{ \vert x-y \vert ^{1+\alpha}} \biggr)^{\frac{1}{H_{2}}}\,dy \\ &\quad =2 \int_{0}^{(t-s)^{\frac{1}{\alpha}}}(t-s)^{-\frac{1}{\alpha H_{2}}}\,dy +2 \int_{(t-s)^{\frac{1}{\alpha}}}^{\infty}\biggl(\frac{t-s}{u^{1+\alpha }} \biggr)^{\frac{1}{H_{2}}}\,du \\ &\quad =C(t-s)^{\frac{H_{2}-1}{\alpha H_{2}}} \end{aligned}$$
for all \(t>s>0\) and \(x\in{\mathbb {R}}\). It follows that
$$\begin{aligned} \bigl\Vert \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(s,\cdot; t, x) \bigr\Vert _{L^{\frac{1}{H_{2}}}(\mathbb{R})} &= \biggl( \int_{\mathbb{R}} \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(s,y;t,x)^{\frac{1}{H_{2}}}\,dy \biggr)^{H_{2}} \\ &\leq C \biggl( \int_{\mathbb{R}} \biggl((t-s)^{-\frac{1}{\alpha}}\wedge\frac {(t-s)}{ \vert x-y \vert ^{1+\alpha}} \biggr)^{\frac{1}{H_{2}}}\,dy \biggr)^{H_{2}} \\ &\leq C (t-s)^{\frac{H_{2}-1}{\alpha}} \end{aligned}$$
for all \(t>s>0\) and \(x\in{\mathbb {R}}\), which implies that
$$\begin{aligned} &E \bigl\vert u(t,x) \bigr\vert ^{p}\\ &\quad =E \biggl\vert \int^{t}_{0} \int_{\mathbb{R}} \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(s,z;t,x)B(ds,dz) \biggr\vert ^{p} \\ &\quad\leq C \biggl( \int_{[0,t]^{2}}\,ds_{1}\,ds_{2} \int_{\mathbb{R}^{2}} \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(s_{1},z_{1};t,x) \Lambda_{H}(s_{1},s_{2};z_{1},z_{2}) \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(s_{2},z_{2};t,x)\,dz_{1}\,dz_{2} \biggr)^{\frac{p}{2}} \\ &\quad=C \biggl( \int_{[0,t]^{2}}\mathcal{K}(s_{1},s_{2},H_{1})\,ds_{1}\,ds_{2} \int_{\mathbb {R}^{2}}\mathcal{K}(z_{1},z_{2},H_{2}) \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(s_{1}, z_{1}; t,x) \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(s_{2}, z_{2}; t, x)\,dz_{1}\,dz_{2} \biggr)^{\frac {p}{2}} \\ &\quad\leq C \biggl( \int_{[0,t]^{2}}\mathcal{K}(s_{1},s_{2},H_{1}) \bigl\Vert \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(s_{1},\cdot;t,x) \bigr\Vert _{L^{\frac{1}{H_{2}}}(\mathbb{R})} \bigl\Vert \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(s_{2},\cdot; t,x) \bigr\Vert _{L^{\frac {1}{H_{2}}}(\mathbb{R})}\,ds_{1}\,ds_{2} \biggr)^{\frac{p}{2}} \\ &\quad\leq C \biggl( \int_{0}^{t} \bigl( \bigl\Vert \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(s,\cdot; t,x) \bigr\Vert _{L^{\frac{1}{H_{2}}}(\mathbb{R})} \bigr)^{\frac {1}{H_{1}}}\,ds \biggr)^{pH_{1}}\leq Ct^{\frac{(\alpha H_{1}+H_{2}-1)p}{\alpha}} \end{aligned}$$
for all \(t>s>0\) and \(x\in{\mathbb {R}}\). Thus, we have showed that
$$\sup_{t\in[0,T], x\in\mathbb{R}}{E} \bigl\vert u(t, x) \bigr\vert ^{p} < \infty, $$
and the proposition follows. □

Now, we give the time regularity of solution (3.2) and sharp upper and lower bounds for the \(L^{2}\)-norm of increments.

Theorem 3.2

Let \(u(t,x)\) be the solution of (3.1). We then have that
$$ {E} \bigl\vert u(s,x)-u(t,x) \bigr\vert ^{2}\leq C_{2} \vert t-s \vert ^{2\vartheta} $$
for any \(t, s \in[0, T], x\in\mathbb{R}\) and \(\vartheta\in(0, \frac{\alpha H_{1}+H_{2}-1}{\alpha})\). In particular, when \(H_{2}=\frac {1}{2}\), we have
$$C_{1} \vert t-s \vert ^{2H_{1}-\frac{1}{\alpha}}\leq {E} \bigl\vert u(s,x)-u(t,x) \bigr\vert ^{2}\leq C_{2} \vert t-s \vert ^{2H_{1}-\frac{1}{\alpha}} $$
for any \(t, s \in[0, T], x\in\mathbb{R}\).

In order to prove the theorem, we need the following lemma.

Lemma 3.1

There exists a constant \(C>0\) such that
$$ \int_{\mathbb{R}} \biggl( \biggl\vert \frac{\partial \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}}{\partial t}(r,z; t, x) \biggr\vert ^{\vartheta}\bigl\vert \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(r,z; t, x) \bigr\vert ^{1-\vartheta} \biggr)^{\frac{1}{H_{2}}}\,dz\leq C(t-r)^{\frac{H_{2}-\alpha \vartheta-1}{\alpha H_{2}}} $$
for all \(0< r< t\leq T\), \(x\in\mathbb{R}\) and \(\vartheta\in(0,1)\). Moreover, when \(\vartheta<\frac{\alpha H_{1}+H_{2}-1}{\alpha}\), we have
$$ \int_{0}^{t} \biggl( \int_{\mathbb{R}} \biggl( \biggl\vert \frac{\partial \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}}{\partial t}(r,z; t, x) \biggr\vert ^{\vartheta}\bigl\vert \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(r,z; t, x) \bigr\vert ^{1-\vartheta} \biggr)^{\frac{1}{H_{2}}}\,dz \biggr)^{\frac{H_{2}}{H_{1}}}\,dr \leq C $$
for all \(t\in[0,T]\) and \(x\in{\mathbb{R}}\).


Denote \(D_{z}= \{ \vert x-z \vert < (t-r)^{\frac{1}{\alpha}} \}\). We have
$$\begin{aligned} &\int_{\mathbb{R}} \biggl( \biggl\vert \frac{\partial\mathcal{G}_{\alpha}}{\partial t}(r,z; t, x) \biggr\vert ^{\vartheta}\bigl\vert \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(r,z; t, x) \bigr\vert ^{1-\vartheta} \biggr)^{\frac{1}{H_{2}}}\,dz \\ &\quad\leq \int_{D_{z}} \biggl( \biggl\vert \frac{(t-r)^{-\frac{1}{\alpha}}}{ t-r} \biggr\vert ^{\frac{\vartheta}{H_{2}}}\cdot \bigl\vert (t-r)^{-\frac{1}{\alpha }} \bigr\vert ^{\frac{1-\vartheta}{H_{2}}} \biggr) \,dz \\ &\qquad{}+ \int_{\overline{D}_{z}} \biggl( \biggl\vert \frac{\frac {t-r}{ \vert x-z \vert ^{1+\alpha}} }{t-r} \biggr\vert ^{\frac{\vartheta}{H_{2}}}\cdot \biggl\vert \frac {t-r}{ \vert x-z \vert ^{1+\alpha}} \biggr\vert ^{\frac{1-\vartheta}{H_{2}}} \biggr) \,dz \\ &\quad \leq C(t-r)^{\frac{H_{2}-\alpha\vartheta-1}{\alpha H_{2}}} \end{aligned}$$
for all \(t>r>0\) and \(x\in{\mathbb{R}}\), and (3.4) and (3.5) follow. □

Lemma 3.2

When \(\frac{1}{2}< H_{1}<1\), we have
$$\begin{aligned} \int_{[0,1]^{2}}\,dv\,dr(1-r)^{-\frac{1}{\alpha}}\mathcal{K}(r,v,H_{1}) \int _{0}^{\frac{r\wedge v}{v\vee r}} z^{H_{1}-\frac{3}{2}}(1-z)^{1-2H_{1}}\,dz< \infty. \end{aligned}$$


By some elementary calculations and the properties of beta functions, the consequence is obvious. □

Proof of Theorem 3.2

We shall divide the proof into two steps.

Step 1. We first consider the upper bound. Denote
$$\begin{aligned} & \bigl\vert A_{1}(t, s, x) \bigr\vert = \biggl\vert \int^{s}_{0} \int_{\mathbb{R}} \bigl(\mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(r,z;t,x) - \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(r,z;s,x) \bigr)B(dz, dr) \biggr\vert , \\ & \bigl\vert A_{2}(t, s, x) \bigr\vert = \biggl\vert \int^{t}_{s} \int_{\mathbb{R}} \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(r,z;t,x)B(dz,dr) \biggr\vert \end{aligned}$$
for each \(x\in\mathbb{R}\) and \(0\leq s < t \leq T\). Then we have
$$\begin{aligned} \bigl\vert u(t, x)- u(s, x) \bigr\vert \leq \bigl\vert A_{1}(t, s, x) \bigr\vert + \bigl\vert A_{2}(t, s, x) \bigr\vert \end{aligned}$$
for each \(x\in\mathbb{R}\) and \(0\leq s < t\leq T\). Moreover, for every \(\vartheta\in(0,1)\), we let
$$\begin{aligned} & \bigl\vert A_{1,1}(t, s, x) \bigr\vert = \bigl\Vert \bigl\vert \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(\cdot,\cdot; t, x)-\mathcal{G}_{\alpha}( \cdot,\cdot; s, x) \bigr\vert ^{\vartheta}\cdot \bigl\vert \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(\cdot,\cdot; t, x) \bigr\vert ^{1-\vartheta} \bigr\Vert ^{2}_{\mathcal{H}}, \\ & \bigl\vert A_{1,2}(t, s, x) \bigr\vert = \bigl\Vert \bigl\vert \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(\cdot,\cdot; t, x)-\mathcal{G}_{\alpha}( \cdot,\cdot; s, x) \bigr\vert ^{\vartheta}\cdot \bigl\vert \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(\cdot, \cdot; s, x) \bigr\vert ^{1-\vartheta} \bigr\Vert ^{2}_{\mathcal{H}} \end{aligned}$$
for each \(x\in\mathbb{R}\) and \(0\leq s < t \leq T\). Then we have
$$\begin{aligned} E \bigl\vert A_{1}(t, s, x) \bigr\vert ^{2}&\leq C \bigl\Vert \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(\cdot,\cdot; t, x)-\mathcal{G}_{\alpha}( \cdot,\cdot; s, x) \bigr\Vert ^{2}_{\mathcal{H}} \\ &\leq C \bigl\Vert \bigl\vert \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(\cdot,\cdot; t, x)- \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(\cdot,\cdot; s, x) \bigr\vert ^{\vartheta}\cdot \bigl\vert \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(\cdot,\cdot; t, x)-\mathcal{G}_{\alpha}( \cdot,\cdot; s, x) \bigr\vert ^{1-\vartheta} \bigr\Vert ^{2}_{\mathcal{H}} \\ &\leq C \bigl( \bigl\vert A_{1,1}(t, s, x) \bigr\vert + \bigl\vert A_{1,2}(t, s, x) \bigr\vert \bigr) \end{aligned}$$
for all \(x\in\mathbb{R}\) and \(0\leq s< t\leq T\). Using (2.1), Proposition 2.1, Lemma 3.1 and the mean-value theorem, for \(\eta\in(s, t)\), one can get
$$\begin{aligned} &\bigl\vert A_{1,1}(t,s, x) \bigr\vert \\ &\quad=\biggl\Vert \biggl\vert \frac{\partial \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}}{\partial t}(\cdot,\cdot; \eta, x) \biggr\vert ^{\vartheta} \vert t-s \vert ^{\vartheta}\cdot \bigl\vert \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}( \cdot ,\cdot;t, x) \bigr\vert ^{1-\vartheta} \biggr\Vert ^{2}_{\mathcal{H}} \\ &\quad= \vert t-s \vert ^{2\vartheta} \int_{[0,t]^{2}}\,dr_{1}\,dr_{2} \int_{\mathbb{R}^{2}} \biggl\vert \frac{\partial \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}}{\partial t}(r_{1},z_{1}; \eta, x) \biggr\vert ^{\vartheta}\bigl\vert \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(r_{1},z_{1}; t, x) \bigr\vert ^{1-\vartheta} \\ &\qquad{} \times\Lambda_{H}(r_{1},r_{2};z_{1},z_{2}) \biggl\vert \frac{\partial \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}}{\partial t}(r_{2},z_{2}; \eta, x) \biggr\vert ^{\vartheta}\bigl\vert \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(r_{2},z_{2}; t, x) \bigr\vert ^{1-\vartheta}\,dz_{1}\,dz_{2} \\ &\quad\leq C \vert t-s \vert ^{2\vartheta} \biggl( \int_{0}^{T} \biggl( \int_{\mathbf{R}} \biggl( \biggl\vert \frac{\partial\mathcal{G}_{\alpha}}{\partial t}(r,z; t,x) \biggr\vert ^{\vartheta}\bigl\vert \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(r,z; t, x) \bigr\vert ^{1-\vartheta} \biggr)^{\frac{1}{H_{2}}}\,dz \biggr)^{\frac {H_{2}}{H_{1}}}\,dr \biggr)^{2H_{1}} \\ &\quad \leq C \vert t-s \vert ^{2\vartheta} \end{aligned}$$
for all \(x\in\mathbb{R}\) and \(0\leq s< t\leq T\), which gives
$$\begin{aligned} \bigl\vert A_{1,1}(t, s, x) \bigr\vert \leq C \vert t-s \vert ^{2\vartheta} \end{aligned}$$
for all \(x\in\mathbb{R}\) and \(0\leq s< t\leq T\). Similarly, one can prove that
$$\bigl\vert A_{1,2}(t, s, x) \bigr\vert \leq C \vert t-s \vert ^{2\vartheta} $$
for all \(x\in\mathbb{R}\) and \(0\leq s< t\leq T\). It follows that
$$ E \bigl\vert A_{1}(t, s, x) \bigr\vert ^{p}\leq C \vert t-s \vert ^{2\vartheta} $$
when \(\vartheta\in(0,\frac{\alpha H_{1}+H_{2}-1}{\alpha})\).
On the other hand, we have that
$$\begin{aligned} &{E} \bigl\vert A_{2}(t,s,x) \bigr\vert ^{2} \\ &\quad ={E} \biggl\vert \int^{t}_{s} \int_{\mathbb{R}} \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(r,z;t,x)B(dr,dz) \biggr\vert ^{2} \\ &\quad\leq C \int_{[s,t]^{2}}\,dr_{1}\,dr_{2} \int_{\mathbb{R}^{2}} \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(r_{1},z_{1};t,x) \Lambda_{H}(r_{1},r_{2};z_{1},z_{2}) \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(r_{2},z_{2};t,x)\,dz_{1}\,dz_{2} \\ &\quad=C \int_{[s,t]^{2}}\mathcal{K}(r_{1},r_{2},H_{1}) \,dr_{1}\,dr_{2} \int_{\mathbb{R}^{2}}\mathcal{K}(z_{1},z_{2},H_{2}) \\ &\qquad{}\times\mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(r_{1}, z_{1}; t, x) \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(r_{2}, z_{2}; t, x)\,dz_{1}\,dz_{2} \\ &\quad\leq C \int_{[s,t]^{2}}\mathcal{K}(r_{1},r_{2},H_{1}) \bigl\Vert \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(r_{1},\cdot; t, x) \bigr\Vert _{L^{\frac{1}{H_{2}}}(\mathbb{R})} \bigl\Vert \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(r_{2}, \cdot; t, x) \bigr\Vert _{L^{\frac{1}{H_{2}}}(\mathbb{R})}\,dr_{1}\,dr_{2} \\ &\quad\leq C \biggl( \int_{s}^{t} \bigl( \bigl\Vert \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(r,\cdot; t, x) \bigr\Vert _{L^{\frac{1}{H_{2}}}(\mathbb{R})} \bigr)^{\frac {1}{H_{1}}}\,dr \biggr)^{2H_{1}} \\ &\quad \leq C \vert t-s \vert ^{2\vartheta} \end{aligned}$$
for all \(x\in\mathbb{R}\) and \(0\leq s< t\leq T\). Combining (3.6) and (3.7), we get
$$E \bigl\vert u(t, x)-u(s, x) \bigr\vert ^{2}\leq C \vert t-s \vert ^{2\vartheta} $$
for all \(x\in\mathbb{R}\) and \(0\leq s< t\leq T\).
Step 2. We consider the lower bound. We have that
$$\begin{aligned} u(t, x)-u(s, y)={}& \int_{0}^{1} \int_{\mathbb{R}} \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(\omega,y;t,x) {1}_{(0,1)}(\omega)B(d\omega,dy) \\ &{}- \int_{0}^{1} \int_{\mathbb{R}}\mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(\omega,y;s,x) {1}_{(0,s)}(\omega)B(d\omega,dy) \end{aligned}$$
for \(s,t\in[0,T]\) and \(x, y \in\mathbb{R}\). Let B be fractional in time and white in space, that is, \(H_{1}\in(\frac{1}{2},1), H_{2}=\frac {1}{2}\). By the transfer rule (2.3) we have
$$\begin{aligned} &u(t, x)- u(s, y)\\ &\quad= \int_{\mathbb{R}^{2}}W(d\omega,dy) \int_{\mathbb{R}}\,dv\mathcal{J}^{+}(v,\omega,H_{1}) \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(v,y;t,x){1}_{(0,t)}(v) \\ &\qquad{}- \int_{\mathbb{R}^{2}}W(d\omega,dy) \int_{\mathbb{R}}\,dv\mathcal{J}^{+}(v,\omega,H_{1}) \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(v,y;s,x){1}_{(0,s)}(v) \end{aligned}$$
for \(s,t\in[0,T]\) and \(x, y \in\mathbb{R}\). Denote
$$\begin{aligned} &\mathcal {O}_{r,1}(v)= \int_{\mathbb{R}}\,dy\mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(v,y;t,x)\mathcal {G}_{\alpha}(r,y;t,x), \\ &\mathcal{O}_{r,2}(v)= \int_{s}^{v\wedge r}\mathcal{J}(v,\omega,H_{1}) \mathcal{J}(r,\omega,H_{1})\,d\omega \end{aligned}$$
for \(v,s,t\in[0,T]\) and \(w,x, y \in\mathbb{R}\). By the isometry of the Brownian motion W and \(\mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(v,y;s,x)=0\), when \(v>s\), it follows that
$$\begin{aligned} &{E} \bigl\vert u(t,x)-u(s, x) \bigr\vert ^{2}\\ &\quad = \int_{\mathbb{R}^{2}}\,d\omega \,dy \biggl( \int_{\mathbb{R}} \mathcal{J}^{+}(v,\omega,H_{1}) \bigl( \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(v,y;t,x) {1}_{(0,t)}(v) -\mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(v,y;s,x) {1}_{(0,s)}(v) \bigr)\,dv \biggr)^{2} \\ &\quad \geq \int_{s}^{t} \int_{\mathbb{R}}\,d\omega \,dy \biggl( \int_{\mathbb{R}} \mathcal{J}^{+}(v,\omega,H_{1}) \bigl( \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(v,y;t,x) {1}_{(0,t)}(v) -\mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(v,y;s,x) {1}_{(0,s)}(v) \bigr)\,dv \biggr)^{2} \\ &\quad= \int_{s}^{t} \int_{\mathbb{R}}\,d\omega \,dy \biggl( \int_{\omega}^{t} \mathcal{J}^{+}(v,\omega,H_{1}) \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(v,y;t,x)\,dv \biggr)^{2} \\ &\quad\geq \int_{s}^{t} \int_{\mathbb{R}}\,d\omega \,dy \int_{[\omega,t]^{2}}\,dr\,dv \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(v,y;t,x) \mathcal{J}(v,\omega,H_{1}) \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(r,y;t,x)\mathcal{J}(r,a,H_{1}) \\ &\quad= \int_{[s,t]^{2}} \biggl( \int_{s}^{v\wedge r}\mathcal{J}(v,\omega,H_{1}) \mathcal{J}(r,\omega,H_{1}) \,d\omega \biggr)\,dv\,dr \int_{\mathbb{R}}\,dy \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(v,y;t,x) \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(r,y;t,x) \\ &\quad\geq \int_{[s,t]^{2}}\mathcal{O}_{r,1}(v)\mathcal{O}_{r,2}(v)\,dv\,dr \end{aligned}$$
for \(s,t\in[0,T]\) and \(x, y \in\mathbb{R}\). Denote
$$\begin{aligned} D_{1}= \bigl\{ \vert y-x \vert < (t-v)^{\frac{1}{\alpha}} \bigr\} ,\qquad D_{2}= \bigl\{ \vert y-x \vert \geq (t-r)^{\frac{1}{\alpha}} \bigr\} \end{aligned}$$
for every \(x,y\in\mathbb{R}\), \(t>r>0\) and \(t>v>0\). Some elementary calculations can show that
$$\begin{aligned} \mathcal {O}_{r,1}(v)\geq{}& C \int_{\mathbb{R}} \biggl(\frac{t-v}{ \vert y-x \vert ^{1+\alpha }}\wedge(t-v)^{-\frac{1}{\alpha}} \biggr) \biggl(\frac {t-r}{ \vert y-x \vert ^{1+\alpha}}\wedge(t-r)^{-\frac{1}{\alpha}} \biggr)\,dy \\ ={}&C \int_{D_{1}}(t-v)^{-\frac{1}{\alpha}} (t-r)^{-\frac{1}{\alpha}}\,dy+C \int _{\bar{D_{1}}\bar{D_{2}}} \frac{t-v}{ \vert y-x \vert ^{1+\alpha}}(t-r)^{-\frac {1}{\alpha}}\,dy \\ &{}+C \int_{D_{2}}\frac{t-v}{ \vert y-x \vert ^{1+\alpha}} \frac {t-r}{ \vert y-x \vert ^{1+\alpha}}\,dy \\ \geq{}& C(t-r)^{-\frac{1}{\alpha}} \end{aligned}$$
for \(0< r< v\). Similarly, when \(r>v\), we have
$$\begin{aligned} \mathcal {O}_{r,1}(v)\geq{}& C \int_{\mathbb{R}} \biggl(\frac{t-v}{ \vert y-x \vert ^{1+\alpha }}\wedge(t-v)^{-\frac{1}{\alpha}} \biggr) \biggl(\frac {t-r}{ \vert y-x \vert ^{1+\alpha}}\wedge(t-r)^{-\frac{1}{\alpha}} \biggr)\,dy \\ ={}&C \int_{D_{1}}(t-v)^{-\frac{1}{\alpha}}(t-r)^{-\frac{1}{\alpha}}\,dy +C \int_{\bar{D_{1}}\bar{D_{2}}}(t-v)^{-\frac{1}{\alpha}} \frac {t-r}{ \vert y-x \vert ^{1+\alpha}}\,dy \\ &{}+C \int_{D_{2}} \frac{t-v}{ \vert y-x \vert ^{1+\alpha}}\frac {t-r}{ \vert y-x \vert ^{1+\alpha}}\,dy \\ \geq{}& C(t-v)^{-\frac{1}{\alpha}}. \end{aligned}$$
Moreover, when \(0< r< v\), setting \(z=(r-\omega)/(v-\omega)\), we have
$$ \mathcal {O}_{r,2}(v)=(v-r)^{2H_{1}-2} \int_{0}^{\frac{r-s}{v-s}}z^{H_{1}-\frac {3}{2}}(1-z)^{1-2H_{1}}\,dz, $$
and when \(r>v\), let \(z = (v-\omega)/(r-\omega)\), we have
$$ \mathcal {O}_{r,2}(v)=(r-v)^{2H_{1}-2} \int_{0}^{\frac{v-s}{r-s}} z^{H_{1}-\frac {3}{2}}(1-z)^{1-2H_{1}}\,dz. $$
ϒ 1 ( s , r , v ) = r s v s 1 { r < v } + v s r s 1 { r > v } , ϒ 2 ( r , v ) = r v 1 { r < v } + v r 1 { r > v }
for all \(t>r>0\) and \(t>v>0\). It follows from the substitutions \((r,v)\rightarrow(r+s,v+s)\) and \((r,v)\rightarrow((t-s)r,(t-s)v)\) that
E | u ( t , x ) u ( s , x ) | 2 [ s , t ] 2 d v d r ( t r ) 1 α K ( r , v , H 1 ) 1 { r < v } Λ ( ϒ 1 ( s , r , v ) ) + [ s , t ] 2 d v d r ( t v ) 1 α K ( r , v , H 1 ) 1 { r > v } Λ ( ϒ 1 ( s , r , v ) ) = [ 0 , t s ] 2 d v d r ( t s r ) 1 α K ( r , v , H 1 ) 1 { r < v } Λ ( ϒ 2 ( r , v ) ) + [ 0 , t s ] 2 d v d r ( t s v ) 1 α K ( r , v , H 1 ) 1 { r > v } Λ ( ϒ 2 ( r , v ) ) = ( t s ) 2 H 1 1 α [ 0 , 1 ] 2 d v d r ( 1 r ) 1 α K ( r , v , H 1 ) 1 { r < v } Λ ( ϒ 2 ( r , v ) ) + ( t s ) 2 H 1 1 α [ 0 , 1 ] 2 d v d r ( 1 v ) 1 α K ( r , v , H 1 ) 1 { r > v } Λ ( ϒ 2 ( r , v ) ) C ( t s ) 2 H 1 1 α
for all \(t>s>0\) and \(x\in{\mathbb {R}}\), where
$$\Lambda(x)= \int_{0}^{x}z^{H_{1}-\frac{3}{2}}(1-z)^{1-2H_{1}}\,dz,\quad x\in[0,1]. $$
This completes the proof. □
At the end of this section, we give the p-variations of solution (3.2). For a continuous process \(U=\{U_{t}; 0\leq t < T\} \), we define
$$\mathcal{V}_{p,n}(U;T):=\sum^{n}_{k=1} \vert U_{t_{k}}-U_{t_{k-1}} \vert ^{p}, $$
where \(\tau_{n} =\{0 = t_{0} < t_{1} <\cdots< t_{n} = T\}\) is an arbitrary partition of \([0,T]\) such that \(\max_{k} \vert t_{k}-t_{k-1} \vert \) tends to zero as \(n\to\infty\). The process U is said to be of bounded p-variation with \(p\geq1\) on the interval \([0,T]\) if
$$\mathcal{V}_{p}(U;T):=\lim_{n\to\infty} \mathcal{V}_{p,n}(U;T) $$
exists in \(L^{1}\) as \(n\to\infty\).

Theorem 3.3

Let \(u(t,x)\) be the solution of (3.1) with \(H_{1}\in(\frac {1}{2},1)\) and \(H_{2}=\frac{1}{2}\). Denote \(W_{x}=u(t,x),t\in[0,T]\) for \(x\in{\mathbb{R}}\). Then there exists a constant \(\beta>0\) depending only on \(H_{1}, T\) and α such that
$$\mathcal{V}_{p}(W_{x};T)=\beta $$
if \(p=\frac{2\alpha}{2\alpha H_{1}-1}\).

When \(\alpha=2\) and \(H_{1}=H_{2}=\frac{1}{2}\), we know that the temporal process \(W_{x}=u(t,x),t\in[0,T]\) for \(x\in{\mathbb{R}}\) admits a nontrivial quartic variation (see, for example, Swanson [20]). Thus, the above theorem is a natural extension.

Proof of Theorem 3.3

Let \(\tau_{n} =\{0 = t_{0} < t_{1} <\cdots< t_{n} = T\}\) be an arbitrary partition of \([0,T]\) such that \(\max_{k}\{t_{k}-t_{k-1}\}\) tends to zero as \(n\to\infty\). By Theorem 3.2 we have that
$$\begin{aligned} {E} \bigl(\mathcal{V}_{p}(W_{x};T) \bigr) &={E} \Biggl( \sum^{n}_{k=1} \vert {W}_{t_{k},x}- {W}_{t_{k-1},x} \vert ^{p} \Biggr) \\ &=\sum^{n}_{k=1}{E} \vert {W}_{t_{k},x}- {W}_{t_{k-1},x} \vert ^{p} \\ &=C_{p}\sum^{n}_{k=1} \bigl({E} \vert {W}_{t_{k},x}- {W}_{t_{k-1},x} \vert ^{2} \bigr)^{\frac{p}{2}} \\ &\asymp C_{p}\sum^{n}_{k=1} \vert t_{k}-t_{k-1} \vert ^{\frac{p(2\alpha H_{1}-1)}{2\alpha}} \\ &\asymp C T, \end{aligned}$$
which shows that the p-variation of the temporal process \(W_{x}\) is nontrivial if \(p=\frac{2\alpha}{2\alpha H_{1}-1}\) for all \(x\in{\mathbb {R}}\), where the notation \(f\asymp h\) denotes
$$cf(x)\leq h(x)\leq Cf(x) $$
in the common domain of definition for f and h. This completes the proof. □

4 Existence and regularity of the local times of the solution

We devote this section to discussion on the existence and regularity of the local time of the temporal process \(W_{x}=\{u(t,x),t\in[0,T]\}\) of solution (3.2). For convenience we take \(x=1\) and \(T=1\). Denote \(u(t,1)=u(t), t \in[0,1]\).

Let \(X=\{X(t),t\in I\}\) be a real-valued separable stochastic process. For every pair of linear Borel sets \(\mathcal {B}\subset\mathbb{R}_{+}\) and \(K\subset[0,1]\), the occupation measure of X on \(\mathcal{B}\) is defined as follows:
$$\nu_{K}(\mathcal{B})=\mathcal{L}\bigl\{ s\in K: X(s)\in\mathcal{B} \bigr\} ,\quad \mathcal{B}\in\mathscr{B}(\mathbb{R}), $$
where \(\mathcal{L}\) denotes the one-dimensional Lebesgue measure. If, for fixed \(K, \nu_{K}\) is absolutely continuous as a measure of \(\mathcal {B}\), we say that \(X(t)\) has local time on K. The local time is defined as the Radon-Nykodim derivative of \(\nu_{K}\)
$$\ell(K, x) = \frac{d}{d\mathcal{L}}\nu_{K}(x), \quad x\in\mathbb{R}. $$
We will use the notation
$$\ell(t, x) := \ell\bigl([0, t], x\bigr),\quad t\in\mathbb{R}_{+}, x\in\mathbb{R}. $$
Moreover, \(\ell(t,x)\) satisfies the following occupation density formula:
$$\int_{K} f\bigl(X(t)\bigr)\,dt = \int_{\mathbf{R}}f(x)\ell(K, x)\,dx $$
for every Borel set K in I and for every measurable function \(f:\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R}\), see Geman and Horowitz [29].

We prove the existence of the local time of u. The result is a consequence of the left-hand side of inequality (3.3) and a result in Berman [30]. We first need to show that the temporal process \(\{u(t,x),t\in[0,1]\}\) is local nondeterminism. The concept of local nondeterminism was first introduced by Berman [31] to unify and extend his methods for studying the existence and joint continuity of local times of real-valued Gaussian processes. We refer to Cuzick and DuPreez [32], Xiao [33] and the references therein for more details and some extensions.

Definition 4.1

Let I be a closed interval on \(\mathbb{R}_{+}\) and \(Y=\{Y(t),t\in I\}\) be a stochastic process. For fixed \(\kappa\in(0, 1)\) and all \(s,t\in\mathbb{R}_{+}\), we define the metric
$$ \nu_{\kappa}(s, t)= \vert t-s \vert ^{\kappa}. $$
Then Y is said to be local \(\nu_{\kappa}\)-nondeterministic on I if there exists a constant \(C>0\) such that for any integer \(n \geq1 \) and for all points \(t_{1},\ldots,t_{n}\in I\),
$$ \operatorname{ Var}\bigl(Y(t_{n})| Y(t_{1}), \ldots, Y(t_{n-1})\bigr)\geq C| t_{n}-t_{n-1}| ^{2\kappa}. $$
The concept of local nondeterminism was extended by Cuzick [34] who defined local \(\nu_{\tau}\)-nondeterminism. As an immediate consequence of Definition 4.1, \(Y(t)\) has strong local \(\nu_{\tau}\)-nondeterminism on I if and only if there exist \(C,r_{0}> 0\) such that
$$ \operatorname{ Var}\bigl(Y(t)| Y(s),s\in T,r\leq| t-s| \leq r_{0}\bigr)\geq C \nu _{\kappa}(r) $$
for all \(t\in I\) and \(0 < r\leq\min(t, r_{0})\).

Proposition 4.1

Let \(\{u(t, x), t\in[0,1], x\in\mathbb{R}\}\) be the solution of (3.1), and let \(\nu_{\kappa}\) be given by (4.1) with \(\kappa=H_{1}-\frac{1}{2\alpha}\). Then the temporal process \(W_{x}=\{ u(t,x),t\in[0,T]\}\) is strong local \(\nu_{\kappa}\)-nondeterministic for every fixed \(x \in\mathbb{R}\).


Let \(0< t_{1}< t_{2}<\cdots<t_{n-1}<t_{n}<1\) be arbitrary points in \((0,1)\) and \(\kappa_{1},\ldots,\kappa_{n-1}\in\mathbb{R}\). The local nondeterministic property will follow if we prove that
$$E \Biggl(u(t_{n},x)-\sum^{n-1}_{i=1} \kappa_{i}u(t_{i},x) \Biggr)^{2} \geq C \vert t_{n}-t_{n-1} \vert ^{2H_{1}-\frac{1}{\alpha}}. $$
Using the transfer formula (2.3), we have
$$\begin{aligned} &u(t_{n}, x)- \sum_{i=1}^{n-1} \kappa_{i}u(t_{i}, y) \\ &\quad= \int_{0}^{1} \int_{\mathbb{R}}\mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(s,y;t_{n},x) {1}_{(0,t_{n})}(s)B(ds,dy) \\ &\qquad{}- \int_{0}^{1} \int_{\mathbb{R}} \sum_{i=1}^{n-1} \kappa_{i}\mathcal {G}_{\alpha}(s,y;t_{i},x) {1}_{(0,t_{i})}(s)B(ds,dy) \\ &\quad= \int_{0}^{1} \int_{\mathbb{R}}W(ds,dy) \int_{\mathbb{R}}\mathcal{J}^{+}(v,s,H_{1}) \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(v,y;t_{n},x) {1}_{(0,t_{n})}(v)\,dv \\ &\qquad{}- \int_{0}^{1} \int_{\mathbb{R}}W(ds,dy) \int_{\mathbb {R}}\mathcal{J}^{+}(v,s,H_{1}) \sum _{i=1}^{n-1}\kappa_{i} \mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(v,y;t_{i},x) {1}_{(0,t_{i})}(v)\,dv, \end{aligned}$$
where B is a two-dimensional Brownian sheet. By the isometry of the stochastic integral with respect to B, bounding below the integral over the interval \((t_{n-1},t_{n})\) and (3.3), it follows that
$$\begin{aligned} &{E} \Biggl(u(t_{n}, x)- \sum_{i=1}^{n-1} \kappa_{i}u(t_{i}, y) \Biggr)^{2} \\ &\quad\geq \int_{t_{n-1}}^{t_{n}}\,ds \int_{\mathbb{R}}\,dy \biggl( \int_{s}^{t_{n}}\,dv\mathcal{G}_{\alpha}(v,y;t_{n},x) \mathcal {J}^{+}(v,s,H_{1}) \biggr)^{2} \\ &\quad \geq C(t_{n}-t_{n-1})^{2H_{1}-{\frac{1}{\alpha}}}. \end{aligned}$$
This completes the proof. □

Theorem 4.2

The process \(\{u(t), t\in[0,1]\}\) has a local time \(\ell([a, b], x),x\in\mathbb{R}\). Moreover, on each time interval \(K=[a,b]\subset[0,\infty)\),
$${E} \int_{\mathbb{R}}\ell(K,x)^{2}\,dx< \infty,\quad \textit{a.s.} $$
Moreover, the local time admits the following \(L^{2}\)-integral representation:
$$ \ell(K,x)=\frac{1}{2\pi} \int_{\mathbb{R}}e^{-izx} \int_{K}e^{izu(s)}\,ds\,dz. $$


By Berman [30] (see also Lemma 8.1 in Xiao [33]), for any continuous and zero-mean Gaussian process \(X=(X(t), t\in[0,T])\) with bounded variance function, the condition
$$\int_{[0,T]^{2}}\frac{ds\,dt}{\sqrt{{E}[X(t)-X(s)]^{2}}}< \infty $$
is sufficient for the local time of X to exist and to be square integrable. According to Theorem 3.2, for all \(K=[a,b]\) interval of \([0,1]\), we have
$$ \int_{K^{2}}\frac{ds\,dt}{\sqrt{{E}(u(t)-u(s))^{2}}} < C \int_{K^{2}}\frac{ds\,dt}{\sqrt{(t-s)^{2H_{1}-\frac{1}{\alpha}}}} < \infty. $$
Formula (4.4) is a consequence of Lemma 8.1 in Xiao [33]. □

At the end, let us prove now the joint continuity of the local time of u.

Theorem 4.3

For any integer \(k\geq2\), there exists a finite constant \(C_{k}>0\) such that, for all \(t\in[0,1], \delta\in(0,1), x,x'\in\mathbb{R}\), and
$$ 0< \zeta< \frac{1-H_{1}+\frac{1}{2\alpha}}{2H_{1}-\frac{1}{\alpha}}, $$
it holds
$$ {E}\bigl[\ell(t+\delta,x)-\ell(t,x)-\ell \bigl(t+\delta,x'\bigr)+\ell\bigl(t,x'\bigr) \bigr]^{k} \leq C_{k} \bigl\vert x-x' \bigr\vert ^{\zeta k}\delta^{k(1-(H_{1}-\frac{1}{2\alpha})(1-\zeta))}. $$


From (4.4), for any \(x, x'\in\mathbb{R},\mathcal{A}(t):= t< t_{1}<\cdots<t_{k}<t+\delta\in[0,1]\), let \(v_{j}=z_{j}-z_{j+1}, j=1,\ldots, k-1\) and \(v_{k}=z_{k}\), let \(\varepsilon_{j}=0,1,\text{ or }2\), and \(\sum_{j=1}^{k}\varepsilon_{j}=k\), we have
$$\begin{aligned} &{E}\bigl[\ell(t+\delta,x)-\ell(t,x)-\ell\bigl(t+\delta,x'\bigr)+ \ell\bigl(t,x'\bigr)\bigr]^{k} \\ &\quad=\frac{1}{(2\pi)^{k}} \int_{[t,t+\delta]^{k}} \prod_{j=1}^{k}\,ds_{j} \int_{\mathbb {R}^{k}}\prod_{j=1}^{k} \bigl(e^{-iv_{j}x}-e^{-iv_{j}x'} \bigr){E} \bigl(e^{i\sum _{j=1}^{k}v_{j}u(s_{j})} \bigr) \prod_{j=1}^{k}\,dv_{j} \\ &\quad\leq C_{k} \bigl\vert x-x' \bigr\vert ^{k\zeta} \int_{[t,t+\delta]^{k}}\prod_{j=1}^{k}\,ds_{j} \int_{\mathbb {R}^{k}}\prod_{j=1}^{k} \vert v_{j} \vert ^{\zeta} {E} \bigl(e^{i\sum_{j=1}^{k}v_{j}u(s_{j})} \bigr) \prod_{j=1}^{k}\,dv_{j} \\ &\quad\leq C_{k} \bigl\vert x-x' \bigr\vert ^{k\zeta} \int_{\mathcal{A}(t)} \prod_{j=1}^{k}\,dt_{j} \int _{\mathbb{R}^{k}} \prod_{j=1}^{k} \vert z_{j} \vert ^{\zeta\varepsilon_{j}} \\ &\qquad{}\times\exp \Biggl(-\frac{C_{k}}{2}{\sum_{j=1}^{k}z_{j}^{2} {E} \bigl(u(t_{j})-u(t_{j-1}) \bigr)^{2}} \Biggr) \prod_{j=1}^{k}\,dz_{j} \\ &\quad \leq C_{k} \bigl\vert x-x' \bigr\vert ^{k\zeta} \int_{\mathcal{A}(t)} \prod_{j=1}^{k} \mathbb{E}\bigl(u(t_{j})-u(t_{j-1})\bigr)^{-1-\zeta\varepsilon_{j}} \prod_{j=1}^{k}\,dt_{j}, \end{aligned}$$
where we use the elementary inequalities \(\vert 1-e^{i\eta} \vert \leq 2^{1-\zeta} \vert \eta \vert ^{\zeta}\) and \(\vert a-b \vert ^{\zeta}\leq \vert a \vert ^{\zeta}+ \vert b \vert ^{\zeta}\) for all \(0<\zeta<1\) and any \(\eta, a ,b\in\mathbb{R}\).
According to Theorem 3.3, we get
$$\begin{aligned} {E} \bigl(u(t_{j})-u(t_{j-1}) \bigr)^{2}\geq C_{1} \vert t_{j}-t_{j-1} \vert ^{2H_{1}-\frac{1}{\alpha}}, \end{aligned}$$
it follows that
$$\begin{aligned} & \int_{\mathcal{A}(t)} \prod_{j=1}^{k}{E} \bigl(u(t_{j})-u(t_{j-1}) \bigr)^{-1-\zeta\varepsilon _{j}}\prod _{j=1}^{k}\,dt_{j} \\ &\quad\leq \int_{\mathcal{A}(t)} \prod_{j=1}^{k}(t_{j}-t_{j-1})^{-\frac{1}{2}(2H_{1}-\frac{1}{\alpha}) (1+\zeta\varepsilon_{j})} \prod_{j=1}^{k}\,dt_{j} \\ &\quad\leq c_{k}\delta^{k-\prod_{j=1}^{k}\frac{1}{2}(2H_{1}-\frac{1}{\alpha}) (1+\zeta\varepsilon_{j})} \\ &\quad\leq c_{k}h^{k-k (H_{1}-\frac{1}{2\alpha} )(1+\zeta)} \\ &\quad =c_{k}h^{k (1- (H_{1}-\frac{1}{2\alpha} ) )(1+\zeta)} \end{aligned}$$
for \(k\geq1, \delta>0\) and \(0<\zeta<\frac{1-H_{1}+\frac{1}{2\alpha}}{2H_{1}-\frac{1}{\alpha}}\), then
$$\begin{aligned} {E}\bigl[\ell(t+\delta,x)-\ell(t,x)-\ell\bigl(t+\delta,x'\bigr)+ \ell\bigl(t,x'\bigr)\bigr]^{k} \leq C_{k} \bigl\vert x-x' \bigr\vert ^{\zeta k}\delta^{k (1- (H_{1}-\frac{1}{2\alpha} ) (1+\zeta) )}. \end{aligned}$$
This completes the proof. □



The project is sponsored by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (11571071, 71271003, 71571001), Natural Science Foundation of Anhui Province (1608085MA02) and Innovation Program of Shanghai Municipal Education Commission (12ZZ063).

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College of Information Science and Technology, Donghua University
School of Mathematics and Physics, Anhui Polytechnic University
Department of Mathematics, Donghua University


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