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Solutions to Time-Fractional Diffusion-Wave Equation in Cylindrical Coordinates
Advances in Difference Equations volume 2011, Article number: 930297 (2011)
Nonaxisymmetric solutions to time-fractional diffusion-wave equation with a source term in cylindrical coordinates are obtained for an infinite medium. The solutions are found using the Laplace transform with respect to time , the Hankel transform with respect to the radial coordinate , the finite Fourier transform with respect to the angular coordinate , and the exponential Fourier transform with respect to the spatial coordinate . Numerical results are illustrated graphically.
The time-fractional diffusion-wave equation
is a mathematical model of important physical phenomena ranging from amorphous, colloid, glassy, and porous materials through fractals, percolation clusters, random, and disordered media to comb structures, dielectrics and semiconductors, polymers, and biological systems (see [1–10] and references therein).
The fundamental solution for the fractional diffusion-wave equation in one space-dimension was obtained by Mainardi . Wyss  obtained the solutions to the Cauchy problem in terms of -functions using the Mellin transform. Schneider and Wyss  converted the diffusion-wave equation with appropriate initial conditions into the integrodifferential equation and found the corresponding Green functions in terms of Fox functions. Fujita  treated integrodifferential equation which interpolates the diffusion equation and the wave equation. Hanyga  studied Green functions and propagator functions in one, two, and three dimensions.
Previously, in studies concerning time-fractional diffusion-wave equation in cylindrical coordinates, only one or two spatial coordinates have been considered [16–27]. In this paper, we investigate solutions to (1.1) in an infinite medium in cylindrical coordinates in the case of three spatial coordinates , , and .
2. Statement of the Problem
Consider the time-fractional diffusion-wave equation with a source term in cylindrical coordinates
The initial conditions are prescribed:
where is the gamma function. For its Laplace transform rule, the Caputo fractional derivative requires the knowledge of the initial values of the function and its integer derivatives of order :
where is the transform variable.
The solution to the initial-value problem (2.1)-(2.2) can be written in the following form:
Now, we investigate the fundamental solutions , , and .
3. Fundamental Solution to the First Cauchy Problem
In the case of the first Cauchy problem, the initial value of a sought-for function is prescribed. Hence,
The two-dimensional Dirac delta function after passing to the polar coordinates takes the form , but for the sake of simplicity, we have omitted the multiplier in the solution (2.5) as well as in (3.2). In the initial condition (3.2), we have introduced the constant multiplier to obtain the nondimensional quantity (see (3.10)).
The solution is found using the Laplace transform with respect to time , the Hankel transform with respect to the radial coordinate , the finite Fourier transform with respect to the angular coordinate , and the exponential Fourier transform with respect to the spatial coordinate . In the transforms domain we get
where is the Bessel function of the first kind of order , the asterisk indicates the transforms, is the Laplace transform variable, is the Hankel transform variable, is exponential Fourier transform variable, and the integer is finite Fourier transform variable.
Inversion of integral transforms gives
If the solution does not depend on the coordinate , then
The fundamental solution (3.8) was considered in  for .
In the case when the solution does not also depend on the angular coordinate , we get 
In calculations, we have introduced nondimensional quantities:
4. Fundamental Solution to the Second Cauchy Problem
In the case of the second Cauchy problem, the initial value of the time derivative of a sought-for function is prescribed, and for the corresponding fundamental solution we have
In this instance, the fundamental solution is expressed as
It is evident that (3.7) is the particular case of (4.4) corresponding to .
If the solution does not depend on the coordinate , then
In the case of axial symmetry ,
and the nondimensional quantity is the same as in (3.10).
5. Fundamental Solution to the Source Problem
Consider the time-fractional diffusion-wave equation with a source term under zero initial conditions:
The solution is obtained using the integral transform technique and reads
If dependence of solution on the coordinate is not taken into account, then
In the case of axial symmetry ,
The solutions to the Cauchy and source problems for time-fractional diffusion-wave equation have been found in cylindrical coordinates. The considered equation in the case interpolates the Helmholtz and diffusion equation. In the case , the time-fractional diffusion-wave equation interpolates the standard diffusion equation and the classical wave equation.
For , the solutions to the fractional diffusion-wave equation feature propagating humps, underlining the proximity to the standard wave equation in contrast to the shape of curves describing the subdiffusion regime ().
For better understanding of behavior of solutions, it is worthwhile to compare the obtained results with those for delta pulse applied at the origin investigated in . The Mittag-Leffler functions arising in (3.5), (4.2), and (5.2) for large values of argument are represented as
Such asymptotic results in singularities of the solution to the first and the second Cauchy problems at the point of application of the delta pulse, whereas the solution to the source problem does not have singularity. Dependence of the solution on the angular coordinate at some distance from the point of the delta pulse application ( in Figures 3 and 7) features only humps with no singularity.
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