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Existence and Uniqueness of Periodic Solutions for a Class of Nonlinear Equations with -Laplacian-Like Operators

Advances in Difference Equations20102010:197263

https://doi.org/10.1155/2010/197263

Received: 1 February 2010

Accepted: 19 March 2010

Published: 30 March 2010

Abstract

We investigate the following nonlinear equations with -Laplacian-like operators : some criteria to guarantee the existence and uniqueness of periodic solutions of the above equation are given by using Mawhin's continuation theorem. Our results are new and extend some recent results due to Liu (B. Liu, Existence and uniqueness of periodic solutions for a kind of Lienard type -Laplacian equation, Nonlinear Analysis TMA, 69, 724–729, 2008).

1. Introduction

In this paper, we deal with the existence and uniqueness of periodic solutions for the following nonlinear equations with -Laplacian-like operators:

(1.1)

where , are continuous functions on , and is a continuous function on with period ; moreover, is a continuous function satisfying the following:

(H1) for any and ;

(H2) there exists a function such that and
(1.2)

It is obvious that under these two conditions, is an homeomorphism from onto and is increasing on

Recall that -Laplacian equations have been of great interest for many mathematicians. Especially, there is a large literature (see, e.g., [17] and references therein) about the existence of periodic solutions to the following -Laplacian equation:

(1.3)

and its variants, where for and . Obviously, (1.3) is a special case of (1.1).

However, there are seldom results about the existence of periodic solutions to (1.1). The main difficulty lies in the -Laplacian-like operator of (1.1), which is more complicated than in (1.3). Since there is no concrete form for the -Laplacian-like operator of (1.1), it is more difficult to prove the existence of periodic solutions to (1.1).

Therefore, in this paper, we will devote ourselves to investigate the existence of periodic solutions to (1.1). As one will see, our theorem generalizes some recent results even for the case of (see Remark 2.2).

Next, let us recall some notations and basic results. For convenience, we denote

(1.4)

which is a Banach space endowed with the norm , where

(1.5)

In the proof of our main results, we will need the following classical Mawhin's continuation theorem.

Lemma 1.1 ([8]).

Let (H1), (H2) hold and is Carathéodory. Assume that is an open bounded set in such that the following conditions hold.

(S1) For each , the problem
(1.6)

has no solution on .

(S2) The equation
(1.7)

has no solution on

(S3) The Brouwer degree
(1.8)
Then the periodic boundary value problem
(1.9)

has at least one -periodic solution on .

2. Main Results

In this section, we prove an existence and uniqueness theorem for (1.1).

Theorem 2.1.

Suppose the following assumptions hold:

(A1) and for all ;

(A2) there exist a constant and a function such that for all and ,

(2.1)

Then (1.1) has a unique -periodic solution.

Proof

Existence. For the proof of existence, we use Lemma 1.1. First, let us consider the homotopic equation of (1.1):
(2.2)

Let be an arbitrary solution of (2.2). By integrating the two sides of (2.2) over , and noticing that and , we have

(2.3)
that is,
(2.4)
Since is continuous, there exists such that
(2.5)
In view of (A1), we obtain
(2.6)
where . Then, for each , we have
(2.7)
which gives that
(2.8)
Thus,
(2.9)

Since , there is a constant such that

(2.10)
Set
(2.11)
In view of (A2) and
(2.12)
we get
(2.13)
where
(2.14)
By (2.9), we have
(2.15)
Noticing that
(2.16)
there exists a constant such that
(2.17)

On the other hand, it follows from

(2.18)

that for . In addition, since , there exists such that . Thus .

Then, for all , we have

(2.19)
For the above , it follows from that there exists such that
(2.20)
Combining this with , we get
(2.21)

which yields that .

Now, we have proved that any solution of (2.2) satisfies

(2.22)
Since , we have
(2.23)
In view of being strictly decreasing, we get
(2.24)
Set
(2.25)
Then, we know that (2.2) has no solution on for each , that is, the assumption (S1) of Lemma 1.1 holds. In addition, it follows from (2.24) that
(2.26)
So the assumption (S2) of Lemma 1.1 holds. Let
(2.27)
For and , by (2.24), we have
(2.28)
Thus, is a homotopic transformation. So
(2.29)

that is, the assumption (S3) of Lemma 1.1 holds. By applying Lemma 1.1, there exists at least one solution with period to (1.1).

Uniqueness. Let

(2.30)
Then (1.1) is transformed into
(2.31)
Let and being two -periodic solutions of (1.1); and
(2.32)
Then we obtain
(2.33)

Setting

(2.34)
it follows from (2.33) that
(2.35)
Now, we claim that
(2.36)

If this is not true, we consider the following two cases.

Case 1.

There exists such that
(2.37)
which implies that
(2.38)
By (A1), . So it follows from that . Thus, in view of
(2.39)
and (H1), we obtain
(2.40)

which contradicts with .

Case 2.

(2.41)

Also, we have and . Then, similar to the proof of Case 1, one can get a contradiction.

Now, we have proved that

(2.42)
Analogously, one can show that
(2.43)
So we have . Then, it follows from (2.35) that
(2.44)
which implies that
(2.45)

Hence, (1.1) has a unique -periodic solution. The proof of Theorem 2.1 is now completed.

Remark 2.2.

In Theorem 2.1, setting , then (A2) becomes as follows:

(A2′) there exists a constant such that for all and ,
(2.46)

In the case , Liu [7, Theorem ] proved that (1.1) has a unique -periodic solution under the assumptions (A1) and ( ). Thus, even for the case of , Theorem 2.1 is a generalization of [7, Theorem 1].

In addition, we have the following interesting corollary.

Corollary 2.3.

Suppose (A1) and

(A2″) there exist a constant such that

(2.47)

hold. Then (1.1) has a unique -periodic solution.

Proof.

Let . Noticing that
(2.48)

we know that (A2) holds with . This completes the proof.

At last, we give two examples to illustrate our results.

Example 2.4.

Consider the following nonlinear equation:
(2.49)
where , , , and . One can easily check that satisfy (H1) and (H2). Obviously, (A1) holds. Moreover, since
(2.50)

it is easy to verify that (A2) holds. By Theorem 2.1, (2.49) has a unique -periodic solution.

Example 2.5.

Consider the following -Laplacian equation:
(2.51)
where , and . Obviously, (A1) holds. Moreover, we have
(2.52)

So ( ) holds. Then, by Corollary 2.3, (2.51) has a unique -periodic solution.

Remark 2.6.

In Example 2.5, , we have
(2.53)

Thus, ( ) does not hold. So [7, Theorem 1] cannot be applied to Example 2.5. This means that our results generalize [7, Theorem 1] in essence even for the case of .

Declarations

Acknowledgments

The authors are grateful to the referee for valuable suggestions and comments, which improved the quality of this paper. The work was supported by the NSF of China, the NSF of Jiangxi Province of China (2008GQS0057), the Youth Foundation of Jiangxi Provincial Education Department (GJJ09456), and the Youth Foundation of Jiangxi Normal University.

Authors’ Affiliations

(1)
College of Mathematics and Information Science, Jiangxi Normal University

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