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On Caputo modification of the Hadamard fractional derivatives
Advances in Difference Equations volume 2014, Article number: 10 (2014)
This paper is devoted to the study of Caputo modification of the Hadamard fractional derivatives. From here and after, by Caputo-Hadamard derivative, we refer to this modified fractional derivative (Jarad et al. in Adv. Differ. Equ. 2012:142, 2012, p.7). We present the generalization of the fundamental theorem of fractional calculus (FTFC) in the Caputo-Hadamard setting. Also, several new related results are presented.
Finding new generalization of the existing fractional derivatives was always the main direction of research within this field. These generalized operators will give us new opportunities to improve the existing results from theoretical and applied viewpoints. Although the works in [8–10] played important roles in the development of the fractional calculus within the frame of the Hadamard derivative, vast and vital work in this field is still undone.
The presence of the δ-differential operator () in the definition of Hadamard fractional derivatives could make their study uninteresting and less applicable than Riemann-Liouville and Caputo fractional derivatives. More so, this operator appears outside the integral in the definition of the Hadamard derivatives just like the usual derivative is located outside the integral in the case of Riemann-Liouville, which makes the fractional derivative of a constant of these two types not equal to zero in general. The authors in  studied and modified the Hadamard derivatives into a more useful type using Caputo definitions.
Hadamard proposed a fractional power of the form . This fractional derivative is invariant with respect to dilation on the whole axis. The Hadamard approach to fractional integral was based on the generalisation of the n th integral 
Just like Riemann-Liouville, Hadamard derivative has its own disadvantages as well, one of which is the fact that the derivative of a constant is not equal to 0 in general. The authors in  resolved these problems by modifying the derivative into a more suitable one having physically interpretable initial conditions similar to the ones in the Caputo settings.
In [12–14], the authors recovered the concepts of fractional integrals and fractional derivatives in different forms and introduced a new version of FTFC in Caputo settings, which is regarded as a generalization of the classical fundamental theorem of calculus. This ignites our curiosity in the possibility of generalizing FTFC in the sense our new definitions given in  as Hadamard and Riemann-Liouville (for example) cannot be used for this generalization (see Section 3). Using the generalization or otherwise, we then formulate new results and theorems.
We study much of this modified derivative thereby formulating some important theorems and results. The Caputo-Hadamard fractional derivatives are used to develop the FTFC, and then the new results are applied in the formulation of some other theorems. As we shall see later, some interesting properties of the modified derivatives are necessary in order to formulate some important outcomes. Section 2 gives some definitions and known results which have been used in this paper, whilst both Sections 3 and 4 are devoted to the original results. Section 5 concludes the paper.
2 Auxiliary results
Below, we begin with some basic definitions and results.
Let be finite or infinite interval of the half-axis . The Hadamard fractional integrals of order are defined  by
The left-sided and right-sided Hadamard fractional derivatives of order with on and are defined by
Property 1 [, p.112]
If , and , then we have
Lemma 1 [, pp.114-116]
Let such that .
If and , then for ,(10)
Equations (10) and (11) are called semigroup properties of Hadamard fractional integrals and derivatives.
The Caputo-type modifications of the left-sided and right-sided Hadamard fractional derivatives are defined  respectively by
Here , , and
In particular, if , then
Theorem 1 [, p.4]
Let , and , . Then and exist everywhere on and
Lemma 2 [, p.5]
Let , and .
If or , then
Lemma 3 [, p.6]
Let or and , then
3 FTFC in the Caputo-Hadamard setting
The fundamental theorem of calculus FTC
replaces tedious computations of the limit of sums of rectangular areas with a more easier way of finding an anti-derivative.
In the fractional case, Riemann-Liouville as well as Hadamard integro-differentiation (for example) do not have generalization of the fundamental theorem of fractional calculus (FTFC) in the form of (24), i.e.,
are the left-sided Riemann-Liouville fractional integral and the fractional derivative, respectively. While the Hadamard fractional integral and the fractional derivative, and respectively, are given by (2) to (5).
The reason to the above assertion is the fact that the differential operators and used in the definitions of Riemann-Liouville and Hadamard fractional derivatives, respectively, appear outside the integrals; and therefore, as those operators and the integrals are not commutative, the semigroup properties for integrals (10) and Lemma 2.3 of  cannot be applied, i.e.,
However, from Theorem 2.3 of , we have
In particular, if , then and
If , then
Thus, (30) cannot be considered as the fractional generalization of FTC in the form of (24). Similarly, using Lemma 2.5 of , we can see that Riemann-Liouville fractional integrals and derivatives cannot be used to generalize FTFC in the form of (24) as well.
In most cases, we would only be using the left-sided definitions of fractional derivatives or integrals where the definitions are quite similar to the right-sided ones. Therefore (33) can be considered as a fractional generalization of FTC in the form of (24).
In the next theorem, we give the FTFC in the Caputo-Hadamard setting.
Theorem 2 (Fundamental theorem of fractional calculus)
Let with and . Let , .
If or , then(34)
Proof (a) Using Lemma 2.4 of , it can be seen that the Hadamard fractional integrals and the Caputo-Hadamard fractional derivatives are inverse operations,
Thus, if or , then we have (34).
Using (17), we have(37)
In this case we can apply the semigroup proper (10), unlike in the cases of Hadamard and Riemann-Liouville fractional derivatives where and , respectively, are located outside the integrals.
In particular, if , then
which implies that
Alternatively, using Lemma 2.5 of , we have
In particular, if , then and or . Thus
Hence gives (35). The right-sided case can be proven in a similar way. □
Lemma 4 Let with and . If , where , then
This is where we make the first use of Theorem 2.
Proof Using (2) and (40), we obtain
where the function is . Applying the mean value theorem for integrals [, p.287], we have
The left-hand side of (42) contains the Hadamard fractional integral of the function , i.e., . Using (6) implies and thus (42) becomes
Rearranging (43) gives (41). This completes the proof. □
Note that the right-sided case can also be proven in a similar way.
Lemma 5 If with , and , , , then
Proof The proof is similar to the proof of Lemma 4. Observe that the sequential integral
can be written as the with order kα by the semigroup property (10). Thus,
Applying the mean value theorem for integral and simplifying as before, we obtain (44). □
Lemma 6 and , if φ is a function such that and exist, then
and when , then
Proof Using (7) and (12), we obtain
Thus we have (47). Then if , implies and from (47), we have (48). We can get an immediate consequence of Lemma 6. □
Corollary 1 Under the conditions of Lemma 6,
if and only if φ has an n-fold zero at a, i.e., if and only if
The proof is straightforward.
Now, it is known [, Theorem 2.2] that if and such that , then
This fact disallows us to obtain (for example) a fractional Taylor series using the fractional derivatives evaluated at these points. Otherwise, we can have a series expansion in the form
is the remainder of the terms in the expansion.
However, we may relax the conditions on φ in Corollary 1 as in the next result.
Lemma 7 Let and such that and . More so, suppose that is continuous on for some . Then is continuous and .
Proof Using (17), we obtain
Thus, is continuous and by (51). This completes the proof of the lemma. □
4 Semigroup properties of Caputo-Hadamard operators
Theorem 3 (Semigroup property for Caputo-Hadamard derivatives)
Let , . Moreover, let , such that , . Then
Proof Without loss of generality, let . Thus, , . Since , then by definitions and using semigroup properties for Hadamard fractional integrals (10), we have
Then, using (29) with taken as , we obtain
This ends the proof. □
Example It is important to note that the purpose of this example is to show that Theorem 3 does not hold in general if the Hadamard fractional derivative is to be used instead of the Caputo-Hadamard fractional derivative. Then it suffices to present a single case where this assertion is true. Suppose that we have the function with , and . Thus by definitions, the left-hand side gives
The right-hand side would be
where . However, in the case of Caputo-Hadamard derivative, the left-hand side becomes
and by (40) of Property 2.6 in , the right-hand side gives
In the next lemma, we give the generalization of Theorem 3.
Lemma 8 For , ,
where , and .
Proof The proof follows immediately from Theorem 3 and using mathematical induction. □
Theorem 4 Let , and , such that , . Then
Then from (2.7.39) of  we obtain
Observe that Theorem 4 is the generalization of Lemma 2.4(i) of  where .
Lemma 9 Let with and . Let , . Then
Both Theorem 3 and Lemma 8 deal with the reduction of higher fractional order differential systems to lower order systems for Caputo-Hadamard fractional derivatives. However, in some instances it may also be useful to involve the Caputo-Hadamard and the Hadamard differential operator.
Lemma 10 Let for some and . Then
If , then by (19) and from (2.7.13) of , (59) becomes
Otherwise, since , then by definitions
Since the Caputo-Hadamard fractional derivatives were introduced in , not much about the modified derivatives were studied despite the fact that the derivatives have many advantages over the usual Hadamard fractional derivative. We proved that the Hadamard fractional derivatives cannot be used to generalize the FTFC whereas the Caputo-Hadamard derivative works perfectly. The FTFC is then used in formulating other results whose applications to fractional vector calculus in the study of Green’s theorem, Stoke’s theorem and so forth, as well as in the study of anomalous diffusion is a further work. Many new results such as the semigroup properties for the modified derivatives are studied in detail.
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The first author wishes to give special thanks to His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kano State of Nigeria, Engineer (Dr.) Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, for his endless, patriotic and tireless support and constant encouragement.
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Gambo, Y.Y., Jarad, F., Baleanu, D. et al. On Caputo modification of the Hadamard fractional derivatives. Adv Differ Equ 2014, 10 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1186/1687-1847-2014-10
- Caputo-Hadamard fractional derivatives
- fundamental theorem of fractional calculus