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Exponential stability of fractional stochastic differential equations with distributed delay
© Tan; licensee Springer. 2014
Received: 20 September 2014
Accepted: 4 December 2014
Published: 18 December 2014
Equations driven by fractional Brownian motion are attracting more and more attention. This paper considers fractional stochastic differential equations with distributed delay. With the variation-of-constants formula, an explicit expression and asymptotic behavior of the solution are provided, sufficient conditions are derived to guarantee the p th moment exponential stability and almost surely exponential stability.
Fractional Brownian motion (fBm) was first studied in 1940 by Kolmogorov , who defined it in a Hilbert space and named it a Wiener helix. Until 1968, Mandelbrot and Van Ness  provided the stochastic integral representation of fBm in terms of a standard Brownian motion, the name fBm was then introduced. As an extension of classic Brownian motion, fBm can give a better description to model natural situations like the temperature at a specific place as a function of time and so on . Because of their extensive applications in finance, economics, biology, etc., fBm is attracting more and more attention.
For , the fBm is exactly the standard Brownian motion without memory. For , it is usually divided into two cases, and . The case for is called a long memory process, while is called a short memory process.
It is known that fBm shares something with Brownian motion, but the critical difference is that the increments of fBm are dependent while that of Brownian motion are independent. Therefore, fBm is neither a Markov process, nor a semimartingale, and the theories of stochastic differential equations (SDEs) driven by standard Brownian motion are invalid in the case of fBm. Recently, there are some studies on existence, uniqueness, and stability of the solutions for fractional SDEs. Ferrante and Rovira  proved the existence and uniqueness for a stochastic delay differential equation driven by a fractional Brownian motion with Hurst parameter . Ferrante and Rovira  gave a proof of the existence and uniqueness for stochastic delay differential equations with hereditary drift driven by a fractional Brownian motion with Hurst parameter . Caraballo et al.  investigated the existence, uniqueness, and exponential asymptotic behavior of mild solutions to stochastic delay evolution equations perturbed by a fractional Brownian motion with Hurst parameter . Based on the research of , Boufoussi and Hajji  gave a proof of the existence and uniqueness of mild solutions for a neutral stochastic differential equation with finite delay, driven by a fractional Brownian motion in a Hilbert space. Dung  gave a sufficient condition for the exponential asymptotic behavior of solutions of a general class of linear fractional SDEs with time-varying delays. However, to the best of our knowledge, fractional SDEs with distributed delay have not been considered till now. In this paper, SDEs driven by an fBm with distributed delay will be introduced and asymptotic behavior of the solution will be analyzed.
is a standard Brownian motion, Γ represents the gamma function, and is the Hurst parameter. There are also several other stochastic integral representations for fBm .
is called the Riemann-Liouville fractional integral. There is a relation between the Riemann-Liouville fractional Brownian motion (RLfBm) and fBm . Considering that the process has absolutely continuous trajectories, it suffices to consider the term instead of , thus, will be denoted by along our paper.
This paper is organized as follows: In Section 2, the explicit form of solution to the retarded SDE with an fBm is given. In Section 3, asymptotic behavior of the solution is provided, and sufficient conditions are derived to guarantee the p th moment exponential stability and almost surely exponential stability.
2 Preliminary and explicit solution
with the initial value , , where is a RLfBm with Hurst parameter , is a finite signed measure defined on .
Before we introduce the explicit representation of (2.1), we first present a lemma that is useful in later parts.
Lemma 2.1 
where . Furthermore, converges to in uniformly with respect to when .
where is the fundamental solution of (2.2) with initial value and , .
with the initial value and , .
Let , the representation of is obvious. □
3 Exponential behavior
The following two theorems provide the p th moment exponential stability and almost sure exponential stability of the solutions to (2.1).
where . This completes the proof. □
The desired conclusion is satisfied with . □
Remark 3.1 This provides a method to ensure the exponential stability of SDEs driven by an fBm, and it can be generalized to fractional SDEs of neutral type.
The author carried out the proof and conceived of the study. The author read and approved the final manuscript.
The author is very grateful to the editor and the anonymous referees for their insightful and constructive comments and suggestions, which have led to an improved version of this paper. The author also thanks the NNSF (71371193) for support.
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