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Surfaces on time scales and their metric properties
Advances in Difference Equations volume 2013, Article number: 170 (2013)
Abstract
We present a theoretical framework for surfaces parameterized by the product of two arbitrary time scales. We also study surfaces by delta regular curves lying on them and give their metric tensor known as the first fundamental form with respect to partial delta derivatives.
1 Introduction
The theory of time scales, which has recently received a lot of attention, was introduced by Hilger [1] to unify continuous and discrete analysis. In the study [2], Bohner and Guseinov introduced the concepts such as curves, delta tangent lines, surfaces and delta tangent planes on time scales. Due to this significant paper, time scale calculus has attracted researchers of differential geometry [3–6]. In the paper [7], Bohner and Guseinov also gave a brief introduction to surfaces on time scales and discussed integrals on surfaces elaborately.
In this paper, we first study surfaces parameterized by the product of two arbitrary time scales. Since the parametrization lets us obtain a dynamic structure which involves discrete or continuous geometric data, we give the theoretical framework to surfaces in the viewpoint of manifolds. While studying, we only give the results with the delta differential operator, it is straightforward to obtain similar results for a backward differential operator. In [2], authors briefly introduced that partial delta tangential vectors help us to construct a tangent plane. We also deal with this idea by the surfaces which have less conditions like ${\sigma}_{i}$complete differentiability. Throughout this paper, we use the chain rule that Bohner and Guseinov presented as follows.
Theorem 1 Let the function f be ${\sigma}_{1}$completely delta differentiable at the point $({t}^{0},{s}^{0})$. If the functions φ and ψ have delta derivatives at ${\xi}^{0}$, then the composite function
has a delta derivative at the point ${\xi}^{0}$, which is expressed by the formula
where $\phi (\mathbb{T})={\mathbb{T}}_{1}$ and $\psi (\mathbb{T})={\mathbb{T}}_{2}$.
Theorem 2 Let the function f be ${\sigma}_{2}$completely delta differentiable at the point $({t}^{0},{s}^{0})$. If the functions φ and ψ have delta derivatives at ${\xi}^{0}$, then the composite function defined by (1) has a delta derivative at the point ${\xi}^{0}$, which is expressed by the formula
where $\phi (\mathbb{T})={\mathbb{T}}_{1}$ and $\psi (\mathbb{T})={\mathbb{T}}_{2}$.
Detailed proofs of chain rule theorems and significant remarks can be found in [2]. In [4], vector fields and covariant delta derivatives on time scales are studied for higher dimensional time scales. In Section 3, we present a delta covariant derivative by considering curves lying on the surface. We also study delta integral curves of a vector field which can be derived by a system of dynamic equations on a surface. Finally, in Section 4, we introduce a metric tensor which involves partial delta differentials. By using this tensor, we are able to calculate the length of a delta regular curve lying on the surface with the condition of increasing transformation.
We refer the reader to resources such as [8–11] for more detailed studies on the calculus of time scales and [12, 13] for details on the differential geometry of surfaces.
2 Surfaces on time scales
We may consider a surface $\mathcal{S}$ as a closed subset ${\mathrm{\Lambda}}^{3}={\mathbb{T}}_{1}\times {\mathbb{T}}_{2}\times {\mathbb{T}}_{3}$ of ${\mathbb{R}}^{3}$, where ${\mathbb{T}}_{i}$, $i=1,2,3$, are arbitrary time scales. However, any closed subset of ${\mathbb{R}}^{3}$ may not be a surface. A theoretical study for any $\mathcal{S}\subset {\mathbb{R}}^{3}$ to be a surface is given in this section.
Definition 3 Let $\mathcal{S}$ be a closed subset of ${\mathbb{R}}^{3}$. $\mathcal{S}$ is a surface if for each point P in $\mathcal{S}$, there is a neighborhood A of P and a function $\phi :U\to \mathcal{S}$, where U is a closed set in ${\mathbb{R}}^{2}$ and an open set in time scale topology, satisfying the following conditions:

i.
$\phi :U\to {\mathbb{R}}^{3}$ is Δdifferentiable and for all $(t,s)\in U$
$$\frac{\partial \phi (t,s)}{{\mathrm{\Delta}}_{1}t}\times \frac{\partial \phi (t,s)}{{\mathrm{\Delta}}_{2}s}\ne 0$$
i.e., φ is Δregular.

ii.
$\phi (U)=\mathcal{S}\cap A$ and $\phi :U\to \phi (U)$ is a homeomorphism.
The function $\phi :U\to \mathcal{S}$ is called a surface patch. $\mathcal{S}$ is called a smooth surface if for all points P in $\mathcal{S}$, there exists a surface patch such that $P\in \phi (U)$.
Speaking about time scale topology, we consider the opens as the sets whose closures are open in the standard real topology. We refer the readers who want to go further into the topic to [14]. Since φ is Δregular, one can also conclude that φ belongs to the class ${C}_{\mathrm{rd}}^{\mathrm{\infty}}$.
Proposition 4 Let $U\subset {\mathbb{T}}_{1}\times {\mathbb{T}}_{2}$ and let f be a Δdifferentiable function. Then the set
determines a surface.
Proof Assume that the Euclidean coordinate system on a parameter set is $\{t,s\}$. Since coordinate functions t and s are Δdifferentiable and f is also Δdifferentiable, we may conclude that φ is Δdifferentiable. The Jacobian matrix of φ with respect to delta differentiation is
and since for all $P=({p}_{1},{p}_{2})\in U$, $rankJ(\phi )=2$, the function φ is Δregular. It is also trivial that φ is homeomorphism. □
Theorem 5 Let U and $\tilde{U}$ be nonempty closed subsets of ${\mathbb{R}}^{2}$ and let $\phi :U\to \mathcal{S}$ be a Δregular surface patch. If $\varphi :\tilde{U}\to U$ is diffeomorphism, then the function
is a Δregular surface patch.
Proof For the function ϕ, let $\varphi (\tilde{t},\tilde{s})=(t,s)$, where $(t,s)\in U$ and $(\tilde{t},\tilde{s})\in \tilde{U}$.
First, consider $\tilde{\phi}$ is ${\sigma}_{1}$completely Δdifferentiable. By the chain rule, we obtain
and
Thus
The constant on the righthand side of equation (2) is equal to the determinant of the Jacobian matrix
Now, we need to consider the case that the function $\tilde{\phi}$ is ${\sigma}_{2}$completely Δdifferentiable. If this holds, then we obtain
The constant on the righthand side of equation (3) is equal to the determinant of the Jacobian matrix $J(\varphi )$.
Since φ is a Δregular surface patch, one can say that Jacobian $J(\varphi )$ never vanishes. Therefore, by equations (2) and (3), $\tilde{\phi}$ is Δregular. □
Example 6 Let ${\mathbb{T}}_{1}=\{{t}^{2}\mid t\in {\mathbb{Z}}^{+}\}$ and ${\mathbb{T}}_{2}=\{\sqrt{s}\mid s\in {\mathbb{Z}}^{+}\}$. Since ${\phi}^{1}(t,s)=({t}^{2},3ts,{s}^{2})$ is Δregular, the image of ${\phi}^{1}:{\mathbb{T}}_{1}\times {\mathbb{T}}_{2}\to {\mathbb{R}}^{3}$ defines a surface, and its graph will be as in Figure 1.
Example 7 Let ${\mathbb{T}}_{1}=\{\frac{1}{2}t\mid t\in {\mathbb{Z}}^{+}\}$ and ${\mathbb{T}}_{2}=\{{2}^{s}\mid s\in {\mathbb{N}}_{0}\}$. It is easy to see ${\phi}^{2}(t,s)=(2t,{e}_{1}(t,0),{e}_{\frac{1s}{{s}^{2}}}(s,1))$ is Δregular. Therefore the image of ${\phi}^{2}:{\mathbb{T}}_{1}\times {\mathbb{T}}_{2}\to {\mathbb{R}}^{3}$ defines a surface, and its graph will be as in Figure 2.
2.1 Tangents and Δderivatives
The forward tangent line of a Δregular curve Γ on time scales is the straight line passing from the point P of the curve through the point ${P}^{\sigma}$, and it has the vector ${\mathrm{\Gamma}}^{\mathrm{\Delta}}(P)$ as its direction vector [3]. The same idea can also be extended to the surfaces parameterized by time scales to obtain delta tangent planes [2].
A natural way to study a surface $\mathcal{S}$ is via the Δregular curves Γ that lie on $\mathcal{S}$.
Definition 8 A tangent vector to a surface $\mathcal{S}$ at a point $P\in \mathcal{S}$ is the tangent vector at P of a curve in $\mathcal{S}$ passing through P. The set of all tangent vectors at P is called a tangent space ${T}_{P}(\mathcal{S})$.
Theorem 9 Let $\phi :U\to \mathcal{S}$ be a surface patch of $\mathcal{S}$ which contains $P\in \mathcal{S}$, let $(t,s)$ be the coordinates of U and let Γ be the Δregular curve passing P. Then:

i.
If Γ is ${\sigma}_{1}$completely Δdifferentiable, then the tangent space at P is spanned by the vectors $\frac{\partial \phi ({t}_{0},{s}_{0})}{{\mathrm{\Delta}}_{1}t}$ and $\frac{\partial \phi ({\sigma}_{1}({t}_{0}),{s}_{0})}{{\mathrm{\Delta}}_{2}s}$.

ii.
If Γ is ${\sigma}_{2}$completely Δdifferentiable, then the tangent space at P is spanned by the vectors $\frac{\partial \phi ({t}_{0},{\sigma}_{2}({s}_{0}))}{{\mathrm{\Delta}}_{1}t}$ and $\frac{\partial \phi ({t}_{0},{s}_{0})}{{\mathrm{\Delta}}_{2}s}$,
where $\phi ({t}_{0},{s}_{0})=P$.
Proof Let Γ be a Δregular curve lying on $\mathcal{S}$ and $\mathrm{\Gamma}(\xi )=\phi (u(\xi ),v(\xi ))$ for $\xi \in \mathbb{T}$.

i.
Suppose that Γ is ${\sigma}_{1}$completely Δdifferentiable. Then, by the chain rule, we obtain
$${\mathrm{\Gamma}}^{\mathrm{\Delta}}=\frac{\partial \phi}{{\mathrm{\Delta}}_{1}t}{t}^{\mathrm{\Delta}}+\frac{\partial {\phi}^{{\sigma}_{1}}}{{\mathrm{\Delta}}_{2}s}{s}^{\mathrm{\Delta}}.$$
Therefore, the tangent vector ${\mathrm{\Gamma}}^{\mathrm{\Delta}}$ is the linear combination of the vectors $\frac{\partial \phi}{{\mathrm{\Delta}}_{1}t}$ and $\frac{\partial {\phi}^{{\sigma}_{1}}}{{\mathrm{\Delta}}_{1}t}$.
Conversely, every vector on ${\mathrm{\Lambda}}^{3}\subset {\mathbb{R}}^{3}$ can be written in the form of $\lambda \frac{\partial \phi}{{\mathrm{\Delta}}_{1}t}+\mu \frac{\partial {\phi}^{{\sigma}_{1}}}{{\mathrm{\Delta}}_{2}s}$ for such constants λ and μ.
Now, let us define
For $x=0$, i.e., at $P\in \mathcal{S}$, the curve Γ is a smooth curve. Therefore, we obtain
This shows that every vector spanned by $\frac{\partial \phi}{{\mathrm{\Delta}}_{1}t}$ and $\frac{\partial {\phi}^{{\sigma}_{1}}}{{\mathrm{\Delta}}_{2}s}$ is a tangent vector of the curve Γ on $\mathcal{S}$ at P.

ii.
Similarly, assume that Γ is ${\sigma}_{2}$completely Δdifferentiable. By the chain rule, we get
$${\mathrm{\Gamma}}^{\mathrm{\Delta}}=\frac{\partial {\phi}^{{\sigma}_{2}}}{{\mathrm{\Delta}}_{1}t}{t}^{\mathrm{\Delta}}+\frac{\partial \phi}{{\mathrm{\Delta}}_{2}s}{s}^{\mathrm{\Delta}}.$$
Therefore, the tangent vector ${\mathrm{\Gamma}}^{\mathrm{\Delta}}$ is the linear combination of vectors $\frac{\partial {\phi}^{{\sigma}_{2}}}{{\mathrm{\Delta}}_{1}t}$ and $\frac{\partial \phi}{{\mathrm{\Delta}}_{1}t}$.
It is also possible to find such constants ${\lambda}^{\prime}$ and ${\mu}^{\prime}$, where every vector on ${\mathrm{\Lambda}}^{3}\subset {\mathbb{R}}^{3}$ is in the form of ${\lambda}^{\prime}\frac{\partial {\phi}^{{\sigma}_{2}}}{{\mathrm{\Delta}}_{1}t}+{\mu}^{\prime}\frac{\partial \phi}{{\mathrm{\Delta}}_{2}s}$.
If we define a smooth curve
then we may obtain
This shows that every vector spanned by $\frac{\partial {\phi}^{{\sigma}_{2}}}{{\mathrm{\Delta}}_{1}t}$ and $\frac{\partial \phi}{{\mathrm{\Delta}}_{2}s}$ is a tangent vector of the curve Γ on $\mathcal{S}$ at P.
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3 Vector fields and covariant Δderivative
Let ${\sigma}_{i}$ and ${\mathrm{\Delta}}_{i}$ denote, respectively, a forward jump operator and a delta operator of ${\mathbb{T}}_{i}$ for $i\in \{1,2,\dots ,n\}$, $n\in \mathbb{N}$, where ${\mathbb{T}}_{i}$ are arbitrary time scales. Let us set
${\mathrm{\Lambda}}^{n}$ is called an ndimensional time scale.
A vector field X on ${\mathrm{\Lambda}}^{n}$ is a function that assigns to each point $P\in {\mathrm{\Lambda}}^{n}$ a tangent vector ${v}_{P}$.
Definition 10 Let X be a vector field and $X(P)\in {T}_{P}({\mathrm{\Lambda}}^{n})$. Generally, a vector field is denoted by
where ${\alpha}_{i}$ are Euclidean coordinate functions and the set $\{\partial /{\mathrm{\Delta}}_{1}{x}_{1},\dots ,\partial /{\mathrm{\Delta}}_{n}{x}_{n}\}$ is the natural basis for ${T}_{P}({\mathrm{\Lambda}}^{n})$.
Relationship between a vector field X and its Euclidean coordinate function ${\alpha}_{i}$ can be considered as follows: if each ${\alpha}_{i}$ of X is ${\sigma}_{j}$completely Δdifferentiable, then one can say that X is ${\sigma}_{j}$completely Δdifferentiable.
Suppose that X is a vector field on ${\mathrm{\Lambda}}^{n}$ and ${v}_{P}\in {T}_{P}({\mathrm{\Lambda}}^{n})$. Consider the vector field $X\circ \beta $, where $\beta :\mathbb{T}\to {\mathrm{\Lambda}}^{n}$ is defined by $\beta (t)=P+tv$. It is obvious to see that $X\circ \beta $ is a vector field on β. Also, $\beta (\mathbb{T})$ is the closed line parallel to the vector v and ${(X\circ \beta )}^{\mathrm{\Delta}}\in {T}_{P}({\mathrm{\Lambda}}^{n})$.
Definition 11 The vector ${(X\circ \beta )}^{\mathrm{\Delta}}(0)$ is called a covariant Δderivative of X in the direction of ${v}_{P}$ and denoted by ${D}_{{v}_{P}}^{\mathrm{\Delta}}X$.
Now we shall consider Δintegral curves of vector fields on surfaces. Let $\mathcal{S}$ be a smooth surface and let X be a vector field on $\mathcal{S}$. A curve $\mathrm{\Gamma}:[a,b]\to \mathcal{S}$, where $[a,b]$ is a nonempty closed set of ℝ, on $\mathcal{S}$ is called a Δintegral curve of X if the vector ${\mathrm{\Gamma}}^{\mathrm{\Delta}}\in {T}_{\mathrm{\Gamma}(t)}\mathcal{S}$ ($t\in [a,b]$) at each point coincides with the value of X at that point.
It is possible to find equations that should be satisfied by the Δintegral curve through an arbitrary point $P\in \mathcal{S}$. Let $\{{x}_{1},{x}_{2},{x}_{3}\}$ be a local coordinate system around P. Then X is locally expressed as
Let $\mathrm{\Gamma}:[a,b]\to \mathcal{S}$ be the required Δintegral curve, and, for the sake of simplicity, choose a parameter such that $\mathrm{\Gamma}(0)=P$. If we describe the position of $\mathrm{\Gamma}(t)$ by the local coordinate system as $\mathrm{\Gamma}(t)=({x}_{1}(t),{x}_{2}(t),{x}_{3}(t))$, then we obtain
Thus, the required equation is
The condition of passing through the point P at $t=0$ is expressed as the initial condition ${x}_{i}(0)={x}_{i}(P)$.
By the way, (4) is a system of ordinary linear dynamic equations of first order. Theorem 5.8 in [8] assures us that this system has a unique solution if a coefficient matrix of the system is regressive.
By the existence of the solution, we see that there exists a Δintegral curve through an arbitrary point P when $t=0$. We shall consider extending the domain of the integral curve as long as possible to assure the maximality. Since the solution of the system is unique, if two Δintegral curves pass through the same point at the same time, then they are connected as a single integral curve. So, the way of extending is unique. From this point of view, for each $P\in \mathcal{S}$, there exists a Δintegral curve $\mathrm{\Gamma}(P)$ through the point when $t=0$, and it cannot be extended any more. This kind of Δintegral curves are called maximal, and we can conclude that $\mathcal{S}$ is covered by all the maximal Δintegral curves which are pairwise disjoint.
4 Metric properties of surfaces on time scales
The metric of a surface $\mathcal{S}$ is determined by the partial Δderivatives of the surface patch φ. Assuming that ${\phi}_{t}^{{\mathrm{\Delta}}_{1}}\times {\phi}_{s}^{{\mathrm{\Delta}}_{2}}\ne 0$, the tangent plane to $\mathcal{S}$ is spanned by the two tangent vectors ${\phi}_{t}^{{\mathrm{\Delta}}_{1}}$ and ${\phi}_{s}^{{\mathrm{\Delta}}_{2}}$. The surface normal vector is orthogonal to both tangent vectors and can be computed as
4.1 First fundamental form
The Jacobian matrix encodes the metric of the surface in a way that it allows measuring transformation of angles, distances and areas by the mapping from the parameter domain to the surface.
Let ${\omega}_{1}$ and ${\omega}_{2}$ be two unit vectors in a parameter space. Cosine of the angle can be computed by the Euclidean dot product ${\omega}_{1}^{T}{\omega}_{2}$. When we consider the dot product of tangent vectors on $\mathcal{S}$, we obtain
Therefore, the matrix product ${J}^{T}J$ induces the metric on a surface on time scales.
Definition 12 Let $\mathcal{S}$ be a surface on time scales. The first fundamental form of $\mathcal{S}$ is the assignment to each $P\in \mathcal{S}$ of the inner product,
i.e., the restriction of the Euclidean dot product to the Δtangent space of $\mathcal{S}$, and can be shown by I.
Given a surface patch $\phi :U\to \mathcal{S}$, the matrix for the first fundamental form with respect to the basis $\{{\phi}_{t}^{{\mathrm{\Delta}}_{1}},{\phi}_{s}^{{\mathrm{\Delta}}_{2}}\}$ is
where $E={\phi}_{t}^{{\mathrm{\Delta}}_{1}}{\phi}_{t}^{{\mathrm{\Delta}}_{1}}$, $F={\phi}_{t}^{{\mathrm{\Delta}}_{1}}{\phi}_{s}^{{\mathrm{\Delta}}_{2}}$ and $G={\phi}_{s}^{{\mathrm{\Delta}}_{2}}{\phi}_{s}^{{\mathrm{\Delta}}_{2}}$.
4.2 Length measurement
Since the first fundamental form I defines a metric on a surface, we can measure the length of a Δregular curve $\phi (x)=\phi (\mathrm{\Gamma}(x))$, defined as the image of a Δregular curve $\mathrm{\Gamma}(x)=(t(x),s(x))$ in the parameter domain, where $x\in \tilde{\mathbb{T}}$ for an arbitrary time scale.
Definition 13 Let $\mathbb{T}$ be a time scale. The function Γ is called a path on ${\mathbb{T}}_{1}\times {\mathbb{T}}_{2}$ if it is increasing. Moreover, the composite function $\phi \circ \mathrm{\Gamma}:\mathbb{T}\to \mathcal{S}$ is called a path on the surface, where φ is a Δregular surface patch.
Theorem 14 Let $\mathrm{\Gamma}:[a,b]\to \mathcal{S}$ be a path on the surface $\mathcal{S}$ and let $\phi :U\to \mathcal{S}$ be a proper patch in $\mathcal{S}$, and suppose that Γ is contained in this patch.
For the coordinate functions ${t}^{\prime}:\tilde{\mathbb{T}}\to \mathbb{R}$ and ${s}^{\prime}:\tilde{\mathbb{T}}\to \mathbb{R}$ of the path Γ, the length of Γ is
where $x\in [a,b]\subset \tilde{\mathbb{T}}$ and $\tilde{\mathrm{\Delta}}$ is the corresponding deltadifferential operator.
Proof Let ${t}^{\prime}(\tilde{\mathbb{T}}):={\mathbb{T}}_{1}^{\prime}$ and ${s}^{\prime}(\tilde{\mathbb{T}}):={\mathbb{T}}_{2}^{\prime}$, and let their Δdifferential operators be ${\mathrm{\Delta}}_{1}^{\prime}$ and ${\mathrm{\Delta}}_{2}^{\prime}$, respectively. By considering the coordinate changing idea presented in Theorem 5, we can express Γ in terms of coordinates $\tilde{\mathrm{\Gamma}}={\phi}^{1}\circ \mathrm{\Gamma}:[a,b]\subset \tilde{\mathbb{T}}\to U$, $\tilde{\mathrm{\Gamma}}(x)=({t}^{\prime}(x),{s}^{\prime}(x))$. Then $\mathrm{\Gamma}(x)=\phi (\tilde{\mathrm{\Gamma}}(x))$, hence $\mathrm{\Gamma}(x)=\phi ({t}^{\prime}(x),{s}^{\prime}(x))$. By the chain rule, we can obtain
where ${\phi}_{i}$ is the i th component of φ. This shows that $d{t}^{\prime}/\tilde{\mathrm{\Delta}}x$ and $d{s}^{\prime}/\tilde{\mathrm{\Delta}}x$ are the components of the Δtangential vector with respect to basis $\{\partial \phi /{\mathrm{\Delta}}_{1}^{\prime}{t}^{\prime},\partial \phi /{\mathrm{\Delta}}_{2}^{\prime}{s}^{\prime}\}$.
Now, speed in surface coordinates can be computed as
For length, we have
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Atmaca, S.P., Akgüller, Ö. Surfaces on time scales and their metric properties. Adv Differ Equ 2013, 170 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1186/168718472013170
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Keywords
 time scales
 delta derivatives
 vector fields
 delta covariant
 first fundamental form