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S-asymptotically ω-periodic solution for fractional differential equations of order \(q\in(0, 1)\) with finite delay

Advances in Difference Equations20172017:83

  • Received: 3 October 2016
  • Accepted: 8 March 2017
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In this paper, we investigate the existence and uniqueness of S-asymptotically ω-periodic solutions to fractional differential equations of order \(q\in(0, 1)\) with finite delay in a Banach space X. Existence and uniqueness theorems, which are new even in the case of \(X=\mathbf{R}^{n}\) or \(A=0\), are established. As examples of applications of our existence and uniqueness results, we obtain the S-asymptotically ω-periodic solutions for the fractional-order autonomous neural networks with delay.


  • ω-periodic
  • S-asymptotically ω-periodic
  • Caputo derivative
  • fractional differential equation
  • finite delay

1 Introduction

As one important branch of the research on evolution equations, the study of fractional differential equations in Banach spaces is very active recently due to its strong background in physics, chemistry, engineering, biology, financial sciences, etc. (cf., e.g., [118] and the references therein). In this paper, we are concerned with the following fractional differential equation:
$$\begin{aligned} \textstyle\begin{cases} ^{c} D_{t}^{q} u(t)= \operatorname{Au}(t) +f(t, u_{t}),& t\geq0, \\ u(t)=\phi(t), & t\in[-\delta, 0], \end{cases}\displaystyle \end{aligned}$$
where \(\delta>0\), \(q\in(0, 1)\) and the fractional derivative is understood here in the Caputo sense, \(A: D(A)\subset X\rightarrow X\) is the generator of an analytic semigroup on a Banach space X, f is a given function, \(u_{t}: [-\delta, 0]\rightarrow X\) is defined by \(u_{t}(\theta)=u(t+\theta)\) for \(\theta\in[-\delta, 0]\) (cf., e.g., [1923]), and \(\phi\in C([- \delta, 0] , X)\). Our main purpose is to establish existence and uniqueness theorems about the S-asymptotically ω-periodic solutions to the (1.1).

Actually, while the almost periodic, almost automorphic, and weighted pseudo almost periodic solutions to various evolution equations are investigated by many scholars (cf., e.g., [1, 2229]), the S-asymptotically ω-periodic solutions to some evolution equations are also studied by some researchers. There have been several interesting contributions to the investigation of S-asymptotically ω-periodic solutions of differential equations and fractional differential equations in finite as well as infinite dimensional spaces (cf. [13, 5, 19, 28, 30]). We also note that some papers about the existence of S-asymptotically ω-periodic solutions of fractional differential equations focus on the order \(q\in(1, 2)\) ([2, 5] and references therein). Therefore, motivated by all this work, we pay attention in this paper to the study of the existence of S-asymptotically ω-periodic (mild) solutions for differential equation of fractional order of type (1.1) for the case \(q\in(0, 1)\).

The paper is organized as follows. In Section 2, we recall some basic notations and concepts. In Section 3, we discuss the existence and uniqueness of S-asymptotically ω-periodic mild solution, and as a special case of our result, we present the corresponding result in the case of \(A=0\) (Theorem 3.7). In Section 4, we apply our result to a study of the existence and uniqueness of S-asymptotically ω-periodic solution for the fractional-order neural network with finite delay.

2 Basic notations and concepts

Throughout this paper, \((X, \Vert \cdot \Vert )\) is a Banach space, \(C_{b}(\mathbf{R}_{+}, X)\) denotes the space of the continuous bounded functions from \([0, +\infty)\) to X, endowed with the norm
$$\Vert f\Vert _{\infty}=\sup_{t\geq0}\bigl\Vert f(t) \bigr\Vert . $$
\(C([-\delta, 0], X)\) denotes the space of the continuous functions from \([-\delta, 0]\) to X with the norm
$$\Vert x\Vert _{[-\delta, 0]} =\sup_{t \in[-\delta, 0]} \bigl\Vert x(t) \bigr\Vert . $$

Definition 2.1

Cf., e.g., [11, 15]

The fractional integral of order q with the lower limit zero for a function \(f \in L^{1}[0, \infty)\) is defined as
$$I_{t}^{q}f(t)=\frac{1}{\Gamma(q)} \int_{0}^{t} (t-s)^{q-1}f(s)\,ds,\quad t>0, 0< q< 1, $$
where \(\Gamma(\cdot)\) is the gamma function.

Definition 2.2

Cf., e.g., [11, 15]

The Caputo derivative of order q for a function \(f \in C^{1}[0, \infty)\) can be written as
$$^{c}D_{t}^{q}f(t)=\frac{1}{\Gamma(1-q)} \int_{0}^{t} \frac{f'(s)}{(t-s)^{q}}\,ds,\quad t > 0, 0 < q < 1. $$

3 Existence and uniqueness theorems

In this section we discuss the existence and uniqueness of S-asymptotically ω-periodic solutions for problem (1.1).

Let A be the infinitesimal generator of a uniformly exponentially stable analytic semigroup of linear operators \(\{T(t)\}_{t\geq0}\) on X such that
$${\bigl\Vert T(t)\bigr\Vert \leq Me^{-\mu t},\quad t\geq0}, $$
where M, \(\mu>0\) are constants.

Based on the work in [6, 12], we define the mild solution for problem (1.1) as follows.

Definition 3.1

A function \(u \in C([-\delta, +\infty], X)\) satisfying the equation
$$\begin{aligned} u(t)=\textstyle\begin{cases} \phi(t), & t\in[-\delta, 0], \\ {Q(t)\phi(0)+ {\int_{0}^{t}(t-s)^{q-1}R(t-s)f(s, u_{s})\,ds}}, & t>0, \end{cases}\displaystyle \end{aligned}$$
is called a mild solution of problem (1.1), where
$$\begin{aligned} Q(t)= \int_{0}^{\infty} \xi_{q}(\sigma) T \bigl(t^{q}\sigma\bigr)\,d\sigma,\qquad R(t)=q \int_{0}^{\infty} \sigma\xi_{q}(\sigma)T \bigl(t^{q}\sigma\bigr)\,d\sigma. \end{aligned}$$
Here \(\xi_{q}\) is a probability density function defined on \((0, \infty)\) (see [12]) such that
$$\xi_{q}(\sigma)=\frac{1}{\pi}\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} (-\sigma)^{n-1} \frac{\Gamma(nq)}{(n-1)!}\sin(n\pi q)\geq0,\quad \sigma\in(0,\infty). $$
In fact, we can see that \(\xi_{q}(\sigma)\) is the Wright type function in [11, 15]. For \(-1 < r < \infty\), the following conclusions hold.
  1. (A1)

    \(\int_{0}^{\infty} \sigma^{r} \xi_{q}(\sigma)\,d\sigma=\frac{\Gamma(1+r)}{ \Gamma(1+qr)}\);

  2. (A2)

    \(\int_{0}^{\infty}\xi_{q}(\sigma)e^{-z \sigma}\,d\sigma=E_{q}(-z)\), \(z \in\mathbf{C}\);

  3. (A3)

    \(\int_{0}^{\infty}q\sigma\xi_{q}(\sigma)e^{-z \sigma}\,d\sigma=E _{q,q}(-z)\), \(z\in\mathbf{C}\),

where \(E_{q}(\cdot)\) (\(E_{q,q}(\cdot)\)) is the Mittag-Leffler function (the generalized Mittag-Leffler function) (cf., e.g., [11, 15]).

Remark 3.2

  1. (i)
    Noting that \(\int_{0}^{\infty} \xi_{q}(\sigma)\,d\sigma=1\), we get
    $$\begin{aligned} \bigl\Vert Q(t)\bigr\Vert \leq M \quad \text{and}\quad \lim _{t\rightarrow \infty }\bigl\Vert Q(t)\bigr\Vert =0. \end{aligned}$$
  2. (ii)
    In view of (A1), we have
    $$\begin{aligned}& \bigl\Vert R(t)\bigr\Vert \leq \frac{M}{\Gamma(q)},\quad t\geq0, \end{aligned}$$
    $$\begin{aligned}& \begin{aligned}[b] \int_{0}^{t}(t-s)^{q-1}\bigl\Vert R(t-s) \bigr\Vert \,ds &\leq q M \int_{0}^{t} \int_{0} ^{\infty} \sigma\xi_{q}(\sigma) (t-s)^{q-1}e^{-\mu(t-s)^{q} \sigma }\,d\sigma \,ds \\ & \leq M \int_{0}^{\infty}\xi_{q}(\sigma)\,d\sigma \int_{0}^{\infty } e^{-\mu\tau}\,d\tau \\ & = \frac{M}{\mu}. \end{aligned} \end{aligned}$$
  3. (iii)
    If \(A\in\mathbf{R}^{n\times n}\) is a constant matrix, then A generates a bounded operator semigroup \(T(t)=e^{A t}\) on X. Hence
    $$\begin{aligned}& Q(t) = \int_{0}^{\infty} \xi_{q}(\sigma) e^{A t^{q}\sigma}\,d\sigma =E_{q}\bigl(A t^{q}\bigr), \\& R(t) = q \int_{0}^{\infty} \sigma\xi_{q}( \sigma)e^{A t^{q}\sigma }\,d\sigma=E_{q,q}\bigl(A t^{q}\bigr). \end{aligned}$$
    It follows from Definition 3.1 that
    $$\begin{aligned} u(t)=\textstyle\begin{cases} \phi(t), & t\in[-\delta, 0], \\ {E_{q}(A t^{q})\phi(0)+ {\int_{0}^{t}(t-s)^{q-1}E_{q,q}(A (t-s)^{q})f(s, u_{s})\,ds}}, & t>0, \end{cases}\displaystyle \end{aligned}$$
    is a mild solution of the following problem:
    $$\begin{aligned} \textstyle\begin{cases} {}^{c} D_{t}^{q} u(t)= \operatorname{Au}(t) +f(t, u_{t}),& t\geq0, \\ u(t)=\phi(t), & t\in[-\delta, 0]. \end{cases}\displaystyle \end{aligned}$$
    It is not difficult to see that \(u(t)\) actually is the solution for the problem (3.5).

The following definition of S-asymptotically ω-periodic functions taking values in a Banach space X is from [28].

Definition 3.3

A function \(h \in C_{b}(\mathbf{R}_{+}, X)\) is called S-asymptotically ω-periodic if there exists \(\omega> 0\) such that \({\lim_{t\rightarrow\infty}(h(t+\omega)-h(t))=0}\). In this case, we say that ω is an asymptotic period of h.

Let \(\operatorname{SAP}_{\omega}(X)\) represent the space of all the X-valued S-asymptotically ω-periodic functions endowed with the uniform convergence norm denoted by \(\Vert \cdot \Vert _{\infty}\). Then, by virtue of [28], Proposition 3.5, \(\operatorname{SAP}_{\omega}(X)\) is a Banach space.

$$\operatorname{SAP}_{\omega, 0}(X)=\bigl\{ x\in \operatorname{SAP}_{\omega}(X):x(0)=0\bigr\} . $$
Clearly, \(\operatorname{SAP}_{\omega, 0}(X)\) is a closed subspace of \(\operatorname{SAP}_{\omega }(X)\).

Lemma 3.4

Let \(u: [-\delta, +\infty)\rightarrow X\) be a function with \(u_{0} \in C([-\delta, 0], X)\) and \(u\vert_{[0, +\infty)}\in \operatorname{SAP}_{ \omega}(X)\). Then the function \(t \rightarrow u_{t}\) belongs to \(\operatorname{SAP}_{\omega}(C([-\delta, 0], X))\).


Since \(u_{t}\) is continuous on \([-\delta, 0]\), we see that there exists \(\overline{\theta}\in[-\delta, 0]\) such that
$$\begin{aligned} \Vert u_{t+\omega}-u_{t}\Vert _{[-\delta, 0]}=\sup _{-\delta\leq\theta\leq0}\bigl\Vert u(t+\omega+\theta)-u(t+\theta)\bigr\Vert = \bigl\Vert u(t+\omega+\overline{\theta})-u(t+\overline{\theta})\bigr\Vert . \end{aligned}$$
Setting \(\tau=t+\overline{\theta}\), we obtain
$${ \lim_{t\rightarrow+\infty}\bigl\Vert u(t+\omega+\overline{\theta })-u(t+ \overline{\theta})\bigr\Vert =\lim_{\tau\rightarrow+\infty} \bigl\Vert u(\tau+ \omega)-u(\tau)\bigr\Vert =0}. $$
$$\widetilde{C}_{b}(X)=\bigl\{ x\in C_{b}\bigl([-\delta, + \infty), X\bigr): x\vert_{t\geq0}\in C_{b}(\mathbf{R}_{+}, X), x\vert_{[-\delta, 0]}=0\bigr\} . $$
For the function \(f:\mathbf{R}_{+} \times C([-\delta, 0], X)\rightarrow X \), we write
  1. (H1)
    there exists a function \(s\rightarrow L_{f}(s)\in L^{1}([0, t], \mathbf{R}_{+})\) such that
    $$\bigl\Vert f(t, \psi_{1})-f(t, \psi_{2})\bigr\Vert \leq L_{f}(t)\Vert \psi _{1}-\psi_{2}\Vert _{[-\delta, 0]}, \quad \text{for all } t\geq0, \psi_{1}, \psi _{2} \in C\bigl([-\delta, 0], X\bigr), $$
    the function \(s\rightarrow\frac{L_{f}(s)}{(t-s)^{1-q}}\) belongs to \(L^{1}([0,t],\mathbf{R}_{+})\) and
    $$\begin{aligned} \Lambda:=\sup_{t\geq0} \int_{0}^{t} \frac{L_{f}(s)}{(t-s)^{1-q}}\,ds< \frac{\Gamma(q)}{M}; \end{aligned}$$
  2. (H2)

    \({K:=\sup_{t\geq0}\int_{0}^{t}\frac{\Vert f(s, 0)\Vert }{(t-s)^{1-q}}\,ds< \infty}\);

  3. (H3)

    there exists \(\omega>0\), for all \(\varphi\in C([-\delta, 0], X)\), \({\lim_{t\rightarrow\infty} \Vert f(t+\omega, \varphi)-f(t,\varphi)\Vert =0}\).


Theorem 3.5

Assume that (H1)-(H3) hold. Then the problem (1.1) has a unique S-asymptotically ω-periodic mild solution.


For every \(\phi\in C([-\delta,0],X)\), we define the function \(y(t)=\phi(t)\) for \(t\in[-\delta, 0]\), \(y(t)=Q(t)\phi(0)\) for \(t\geq0\). Then \(y\in C([-\delta,\infty), X)\). Set
$$u(t)=x(t)+y(t),\quad t \in[-\delta, +\infty). $$
It is obvious that u satisfies (3.1) if and only if x satisfies \(x_{0}=0\) and for \(t\geq0\),
$$\begin{aligned} x(t)= { \int_{0}^{t}(t-s)^{q-1}R(t-s)f(s, x_{s}+y_{s})\,ds}. \end{aligned}$$
For each \(x\in\widetilde{C}_{b}(X)\), we write \(C_{1}=\Vert x\Vert _{\infty}+M \Vert \phi(0)\Vert +\Vert \phi \Vert _{[-\delta, 0]}\). Then
$$\begin{aligned} \Vert x_{t}+y_{t}\Vert _{[-\delta, 0]} \leq& \sup_{-\delta\leq\theta\leq0}\bigl\Vert x(t+\theta)\bigr\Vert +\sup _{-\delta\leq\theta\leq0}\bigl\Vert y(t+\theta)\bigr\Vert \\ \leq& \sup_{0\leq\tau\leq t}\bigl\Vert {x}(\tau)\bigr\Vert +M\bigl\Vert \phi(0)\bigr\Vert + \Vert \phi \Vert _{[-\delta, 0]} \\ \leq&C_{1}. \end{aligned}$$
$$\begin{aligned} &\bigl\Vert f(t, x_{t}+y_{t})\bigr\Vert \leq L_{f}(t)\Vert x_{t}+y_{t} \Vert _{[-\delta, 0]}+ \bigl\Vert f(t, 0)\bigr\Vert \leq C_{1} L_{f}(t)+\bigl\Vert f(t, 0)\bigr\Vert . \end{aligned}$$
We consider the operator \(\mathcal{F}:\widetilde{C}_{b}(X) \rightarrow \widetilde{C}_{b}(X)\) as follows:
$$\begin{aligned} (\mathcal{F}x) (t)=\textstyle\begin{cases} 0, & t\in[-\delta, 0], \\ {\int_{0}^{t}(t-s)^{q-1}R(t-s)f(s, x_{s}+y_{s})\,ds}, & t\geq0. \end{cases}\displaystyle \end{aligned}$$
In view of (3.3), (3.7), (3.6) and (H2), we have
$$\begin{aligned} \biggl\Vert \int_{0}^{t}\frac{R(t-s)f(s, x_{s}+y_{s})}{(t-s)^{1-q}}\,ds\biggr\Vert \leq \frac{MC_{1}}{\Gamma(q)} \int_{0}^{t} \frac{L_{f}(s)}{(t-s)^{1-q}}\,ds+ \frac{MK}{\Gamma(q)}< C_{1}+\frac{MK}{ \Gamma(q)}. \end{aligned}$$
So, the operator \(\mathcal{F}\) is well defined.

It is clear that the fixed points of \(\mathcal{F}\) are mild solutions to problem (1.1).

Now, we show that \(\mathcal{F}\) is \(\operatorname{SAP}_{\omega, 0}(X)\)-valued.

For each \(x\in \operatorname{SAP}_{\omega, 0}(X)\), (3.2) implies that \(y\vert_{[0, \infty)}\in \operatorname{SAP}_{\omega}(X)\). It follows from Lemma 3.4 that the function \(t\rightarrow y_{t}\) belongs to \(\operatorname{SAP}_{\omega}(C([- \delta, 0], X))\).

Moreover, we have
$$\begin{aligned}& \bigl\Vert (\mathcal{F}x) (t+\omega)-(\mathcal{F}x) (t)\bigr\Vert \\& \quad =\biggl\Vert \int_{0}^{\omega}\frac{R(t+\omega-s)}{(t+\omega-s)^{1-q}}f(s, x_{s}+y_{s})\,ds+ \int_{\omega}^{t+\omega}\frac{R(t+\omega-s)}{(t+ \omega-s)^{1-q}}f(s, x_{s}+y_{s})\,ds \\& \qquad {}- \int_{0}^{t} (t-s)^{q-1}R(t-s)f(s, x_{s}+y_{s})\,ds\biggr\Vert \\& \quad \leq \frac{M}{\Gamma(q)} \biggl[ \int_{0}^{\omega}(t+\omega-s)^{q-1} \bigl( C_{1} L_{f}(s)+\bigl\Vert f(s, 0)\bigr\Vert \bigr)\,ds \biggr] \\& \qquad {}+ \int_{0}^{t}(t-s)^{q-1}\bigl\Vert R(t-s) \bigr\Vert \bigl\Vert f(s+\omega, x_{s+\omega}+y_{s+\omega})-f(s, x_{s+\omega}+y_{s+\omega})\bigr\Vert \,ds \\& \qquad {}+\frac{M}{\Gamma(q)} \int_{0}^{t} (t-s)^{q-1}\bigl\Vert f(s, x_{s+\omega }+y_{s+\omega})-f(s, x_{s}+y_{s})\bigr\Vert \,ds \\& \quad =I_{1}(t)+I_{2}(t)+I_{3}(t). \end{aligned}$$
Noting that \({t+\omega-s\geq\frac{t+\omega}{\omega}(\omega-s)}\), we have
$$\begin{aligned} \int_{0}^{\omega} \frac{C_{1} L_{f}(s)+\Vert f(s, 0)\Vert }{(t+\omega-s)^{1-q}}\,ds \leq& \biggl( \frac{\omega}{t+\omega} \biggr) ^{1-q} \int_{0}^{\omega}\frac{C _{1} L_{f}(s)+\Vert f(s, 0)\Vert }{(\omega-s)^{1-q}}\,ds, \end{aligned}$$
which implies that
$$I_{1}(t)\rightarrow0\quad \mbox{as } t\rightarrow\infty. $$
By (3.7), we get
$$\begin{aligned}& \bigl\Vert f(s+\omega, x_{s+\omega}+y_{s+\omega})-f(s, x_{s+\omega }+y_{s+\omega})\bigr\Vert \\& \quad \leq C_{1} \bigl[L_{f}(s+\omega)+L_{f}(s) \bigr]+\bigl\Vert f(s+\omega, 0)\bigr\Vert + \bigl\Vert f(s, 0)\bigr\Vert . \end{aligned}$$
By (H3), we can see that, for each \(\varepsilon>0\), there is a positive constant \(L_{1}\) such that
$$\bigl\Vert f(s+\omega, x_{s+\omega}+y_{s+\omega})-f(s, x_{s+\omega }+y_{s+\omega})\bigr\Vert < \varepsilon,\quad s\geq L_{1}. $$
Noting that (3.4) and \({t-s\geq\frac{t}{L_{1}}(L_{1}-s)}\), we deduce that
$$\begin{aligned} I_{2}(t) \leq& \frac{M}{\Gamma(q)} \int_{0}^{L_{1}}\frac{C_{1}L_{f}(s+ \omega)+\Vert f(s+\omega, 0)\Vert +C_{1} L_{f}(s)+\Vert f(s, 0)\Vert }{(t-s)^{1-q}}\,ds \\ &{}+\varepsilon \int_{L_{1}}^{t}(t-s)^{q-1}\bigl\Vert R(t-s) \bigr\Vert \,ds \\ \leq&\frac{M}{\Gamma(q)} \biggl[ \int_{\omega}^{L_{1}+\omega}\frac{C _{1}L_{f}(s)+\Vert f(s, 0)\Vert }{(t+\omega-s)^{1-q}}\,ds + \int_{0}^{L_{1}}\frac{C _{1}L_{f}(s)+\Vert f(s, 0)\Vert }{(t-s)^{1-q}}\,ds \biggr] + \frac {M\varepsilon}{ \mu} \\ \leq& \frac{M}{\Gamma(q)} \biggl( \frac{L_{1}+\omega}{t} \biggr) ^{1-q} \biggl[ \int_{0}^{L_{1}+\omega} \frac{(C_{1}L_{f}(s)+\Vert f(s, 0)\Vert )\,ds}{(L _{1}+\omega-s)^{1-q}} \biggr] \\ &{}+ \frac{M}{\Gamma(q)} \biggl( \frac{L_{1}}{t} \biggr) ^{1-q} \biggl[ \int _{0}^{L_{1}} \frac{(C_{1} L_{f}(s)+\Vert f(s, 0)\Vert )\,ds}{(L_{1}-s)^{1-q}} \biggr] + \frac{M \varepsilon}{\mu} \\ \leq& \frac{2 M }{\Gamma(q)} \biggl( \frac{L_{1}+\omega}{t} \biggr) ^{1-q}[C_{1} \Lambda+K]+\frac{M\varepsilon}{\mu}. \end{aligned}$$
$$x_{t}+y_{t}\in \operatorname{SAP}_{\omega}\bigl(C\bigl([-\delta, 0], X\bigr)\bigr), $$
we know that there is a positive constant \(L_{2}>0\) such that
$$\bigl\Vert (x_{s+\omega}+y_{s+\omega})-(x_{s}+y_{s}) \bigr\Vert _{[-\delta, 0]} \leq\varepsilon, \quad s\geq L_{2}, $$
$$\begin{aligned} I_{3}(t) \leq& \frac{2 M}{\Gamma(q)} \biggl[ C_{1} \int_{0}^{L_{2}} \frac{L _{f}(s)}{(t-s)^{1-q}}\,ds+ \int_{0}^{L_{2}} \frac{\Vert f(s, 0)\Vert \,ds}{(t-s)^{1-q}} \biggr] + \frac{M \varepsilon}{ \Gamma(q)} \int_{L_{2}}^{t} \frac{L_{f}(s)}{(t-s)^{1-q}}\,ds \\ \leq& \frac{M}{\Gamma(q)} \biggl[ (2C_{1}\Lambda+2 K) \biggl( \frac{L _{2}}{t} \biggr) ^{1-q}+\Lambda\varepsilon \biggr] . \end{aligned}$$
$$\bigl\Vert (\mathcal{F}x) (t+\omega)-(\mathcal{F}x) (t)\bigr\Vert \rightarrow0 \quad \mbox{as } {t\rightarrow\infty}\mbox{ and }{\varepsilon \rightarrow0}. $$
$$\mathcal{F}\bigl(\operatorname{SAP}_{\omega, 0}(X)\bigr)\subseteq \operatorname{SAP}_{\omega, 0}(X). $$
Moreover, for \(x, \widetilde{x}\in \operatorname{SAP}_{\omega, 0}(X)\), we have
$$\begin{aligned} \bigl\Vert (\mathcal{F}x) (t)-(\mathcal{F}\widetilde{x}) (t)\bigr\Vert \leq& \frac{M}{ \Gamma(q)} \int_{0}^{t}(t-s)^{q-1}L_{f}(s) \Vert x_{s}-\widetilde {x}_{s}\Vert _{[-\delta, 0]}\,ds\leq \frac{M\Lambda}{\Gamma(q)}\Vert x-\widetilde{x}\Vert _{\infty}. \end{aligned}$$
$${ \bigl\Vert (\mathcal{F}x) (t)-(\mathcal{F}\widetilde{x}) (t)\bigr\Vert _{\infty }\leq\frac{M \Lambda}{\Gamma(q)}\Vert x-\widetilde{x} \Vert _{\infty}}, $$
which means that \(\mathcal{F}\) is a contraction mapping. Then the proof now can be finished by using the contraction mapping principle. □

Remark 3.6

In the proof of Theorem 3.5, we can see the result is true when (H3) changes to
$$\bigl(\mbox{H}3'\bigr):\quad \lim_{t\rightarrow\infty} \int_{0} ^{t}(t-s)^{q-1}\bigl\Vert f(s+ \omega, \varphi)-f(s, \varphi)\bigr\Vert \,ds=0, $$
because now we can directly obtain \(\lim_{t\rightarrow\infty }I_{2}(t)=0\).
In the case of \(A\equiv0\), (1.1) takes the form of
$$\begin{aligned}& \textstyle\begin{cases} ^{c} D_{t}^{q} u(t)= f(t, u_{t}), & t\geq0, \\ u(t)=\phi(t), & t\in[-\delta, 0]. \end{cases}\displaystyle \end{aligned}$$
It is well known that (3.10) is equivalent to the following integral equation:
$$u(t)=\textstyle\begin{cases} \phi(t), & t\in[-\delta, 0], \\ {\phi(0)+\int_{0}^{t}(t-s)^{q-1}f(s, u_{s})\,ds}, & t\geq0. \end{cases} $$
Thus, we study (3.10) just like the case of
$$Q(t)=R(t)\equiv I $$
in (3.1). Clearly, we just need to revise (3.8) and (3.9), that is, if we replace (H2), (H3) by
$$\bigl(\mbox{H}2'\bigr):\quad {K:=\sup_{t\geq0} \biggl\Vert \int_{0}^{t}\frac{f(s, 0)}{(t-s)^{1-q}}\,ds \biggr\Vert < \infty} $$
and (H3′), respectively, then we can obtain the corresponding result of problem (3.10), hence we have the following result.

Theorem 3.7

Assume that (H1) (\(M\equiv1\)), (H2′) and (H3′) hold. Then the following fractional differential equation:
$$\textstyle\begin{cases} ^{c} D_{t}^{q} u(t)= f(t, u_{t}), & t\geq0, \\ u(t)=\phi(t), & t\in[-\delta, 0], \end{cases} $$
has a unique S-asymptotically ω-periodic solution.

4 Applications

Example 4.1

Let \(X=\mathbf{R}^{2}\). For the vector \(x=(x_{1}, x_{2})^{T} \in\mathbf{R}^{2}\), we define
$$\Vert x\Vert =\sum_{i=1}^{2}\vert x_{i}\vert . $$
For the matrix \(A=(a_{ij})_{2\times2}\), we define
$$\Vert A\Vert =\max_{1\leq j\leq2}\sum_{i=1}^{2} \vert a_{ij}\vert . $$
We consider the following fractional-order neural network model with finite delay (FNND) on X:
$$ \textstyle\begin{cases} {^{c} D_{t}^{\frac{2}{3}}x_{1}(t)}= {-2x_{1}(t)}+\frac{\sin2\pi t}{10(t+t^{\frac{5}{2}})^{\frac{1}{3}}}[3x _{1}(t+\theta)+x_{2}(t+\theta)+3],\quad t> 0, \\ {^{c} D_{t}^{\frac{2}{3}}x_{2}(t)}= {-2x_{2}(t)}+\frac{\cos2\pi t}{10(t+t^{\frac{5}{2}})^{\frac{1}{3}}}[x _{1}(t+\theta)+2x_{2}(t+\theta)+4],\quad t> 0, \\ x_{1}(\theta)=x_{2}(\theta)=0.1, \quad -1\leq\theta\leq0. \end{cases} $$
Problem (4.1) can be written in the vector form as follows:
$$\begin{aligned}& ^{c} D_{t}^{\frac{2}{3}} x(t) = B x(t)+F(t, x_{t}),\quad t\geq0, \\& x(t) =0.1,\quad t\in[-1, 0], \end{aligned}$$
x ( t ) = ( x 1 ( t ) , x 2 ( t ) ) T , B = diag { 2 , 2 } , F ( t , x t ) = A ( t ) f ( x t ) + C ( t ) , A ( t ) = ( a i j ( t ) ) 2 × 2 = ( 3 sin 2 π t 10 ( t + t 5 2 ) 1 3 sin 2 π t 10 ( t + t 5 2 ) 1 3 cos 2 π t 10 ( t + t 5 2 ) 1 3 cos 2 π t 5 ( t + t 5 2 ) 1 3 ) , f ( x t ) = ( x 1 t , x 2 t ) T , C ( t ) = ( 3 sin 2 π t 10 ( t + t 5 2 ) 1 3 , 2 cos 2 π t 5 ( t + t 5 2 ) 1 3 ) T .
It is well known ([31]) that B generates a bounded operator semigroup
$$T(t)=e^{B t}=\operatorname{diag}\bigl\{ e^{-2t}, e^{-2t}\bigr\} $$
$$\bigl\Vert T(t)\bigr\Vert \leq e^{-2 t},\quad t\ge0 $$
(i.e. \(M=1\), \(\mu=2\)). Moreover, (3.1) is now the solution of (4.1) (Remark 3.2(iii)).
For \(\varphi, \widetilde{\varphi} \in C([-1, 0], X)\), it is easy to see that
$$\bigl\Vert F(t, \varphi)-F(t, \widetilde{\varphi})\bigr\Vert \leq \frac{2}{5(t+t ^{\frac{5}{2}})^{\frac{1}{3}}} \Vert \varphi-\widetilde{\varphi }\Vert _{[-1, 0]}:=L_{f}(t) \Vert \varphi-\widetilde{\varphi} \Vert _{[-1, 0]}. $$
$$\begin{aligned}& {\bigl(t+t^{\frac{5}{2}}\bigr)^{-\frac{1}{3}}\leq t^{-\frac{1}{3}}}, \\& { \int_{0}^{t}(t-s)^{-\frac{1}{2}}s^{-\frac{1}{2}}\,ds= \pi}, \\& { \int_{0}^{\infty}\frac{dt}{1+t^{\alpha}}= \frac{\pi}{\alpha \sin(\pi/{\alpha})}}\quad \bigl(\alpha\in(1, 2)\bigr), \end{aligned}$$
we deduce that \((t+t^{\frac{5}{2}})^{-\frac{1}{3}}\in L^{1}(0, t)\) and
$$\begin{aligned}& \int_{0}^{t} (t-s)^{-\frac{1}{3}}L_{f}(s)\,ds \\& \quad = \frac{2}{5} \int_{0} ^{t} (t-s)^{-\frac{1}{3}}s^{-\frac{1}{3}} \cdot\bigl(1+s^{\frac{3}{2}}\bigr)^{- \frac{1}{3}}\,ds \\& \quad \leq \frac{2}{5} \biggl( \int_{0}^{t} \bigl[ (t-s)^{-\frac{1}{3}}s^{- \frac{1}{3}} \bigr] ^{\frac{3}{2}}\,ds \biggr) ^{\frac{2}{3}}\cdot \biggl( \int _{0}^{t} \bigl( \bigl(1+s^{\frac{3}{2}} \bigr)^{-\frac{1}{3}} \bigr) ^{3}\,ds \biggr) ^{\frac{1}{3}} \\& \quad \leq\frac{2\pi}{5}\biggl(\frac{4}{3\sqrt{3}}\biggr)^{\frac{1}{3}}. \end{aligned}$$
$$\frac{1}{\Gamma(\frac{2}{3})}\sup_{t\geq0} \int_{0}^{t}\frac{L _{f}(s)}{(t-s)^{\frac{1}{3}}}\,ds\leq \frac{2\pi}{5\Gamma(\frac{2}{3})}\biggl(\frac{4}{3\sqrt{3}}\biggr)^{ \frac{1}{3}}\approx0.85< 1. $$
$$\begin{aligned}& {\bigl\Vert F(t, 0)\bigr\Vert \leq\frac{7}{10(t+t^{\frac{5}{2}})^{\frac{1}{3}}}}, \\& {\sup_{t\geq0} \int_{0}^{t}(t-s)^{-\frac{1}{3}}\bigl\Vert F(s, 0) \bigr\Vert \,ds \leq\frac{7\pi}{10}\biggl(\frac{4}{3\sqrt{3}} \biggr)^{\frac{1}{3}}< \infty} \end{aligned}$$
$$\begin{aligned} \bigl\Vert F(t+1, \varphi)-F(t, \varphi)\bigr\Vert \leq& \biggl[ \frac{1}{((t+1)+(t+1)^{ \frac{5}{2}})^{\frac{1}{3}}}+\frac{1}{(t+t^{\frac{5}{2}})^{ \frac{1}{3}}} \biggr] \cdot \biggl( \frac{2}{5} \Vert \varphi \Vert _{[-\delta, 0]}+\frac{7}{10} \biggr) \\ \rightarrow&0,\quad t\rightarrow\infty. \end{aligned}$$
Therefore, the conditions in Theorem 3.5 are satisfied. Thus, by virtue of Theorem 3.5, the problem (4.1) has a unique S-asymptotically 1-periodic solution. We refer the reader to Figure 1 below for a numerical solution of (4.1).
Figure 1
Figure 1

Numerical solution of equation ( 4.1 ).

Example 4.2

Let \(X=\mathbf{R}\). We consider the following fractional-order model on X:
$$ \textstyle\begin{cases} {^{c} D_{t}^{\frac{1}{2}}x(t)}= \frac{\cos x(t+\theta)}{4(t+t^{4})^{ \frac{1}{4}}}+\sin2\pi t,\quad t> 0, \\ x(\theta)=1,\quad -1\leq\theta\leq0. \end{cases} $$
Problem (4.2) can be written in the form as follows:
$$\begin{aligned}& ^{c} D_{t}^{\frac{1}{2}} x(t) = F(t, x_{t}),\quad t> 0, \\& x(t) =1,\quad t\in[-1, 0], \end{aligned}$$
$${F(t, x_{t})=\frac{\cos x_{t}}{4(t+t^{4})^{\frac{1}{4}}}+\sin2 \pi t}. $$
For any \(\varphi, \widetilde{\varphi} \in C([-1, 0], X)\), we have
$$\bigl\Vert F(t, \varphi)-F(t, \widetilde{\varphi})\bigr\Vert \leq \frac{1}{4(t+t ^{4})^{\frac{1}{4}}} \Vert \varphi-\widetilde{\varphi} \Vert _{[-1, 0]}:=L _{f}(t)\Vert \varphi-\widetilde{\varphi} \Vert _{[-1, 0]}. $$
Noting that
$${\bigl(t+t^{4}\bigr)^{-\frac{1}{4}}\leq t^{-\frac{1}{4}}},\qquad { \int_{0}^{t} (t-s)^{-\frac{1}{2}}s^{-\frac{1}{2}}\,ds= \pi}, $$
we get
$$\begin{aligned} \int_{0}^{t} (t-s)^{-\frac{1}{2}}L_{f}(s)\,ds =& \frac{1}{4} \int_{0} ^{t} (t-s)^{-\frac{1}{2}}s^{-\frac{1}{4}} \cdot\bigl(1+s^{3}\bigr)^{- \frac{1}{4}}\,ds \\ =& \frac{1}{4} \int_{0}^{t} (t-s)^{-\frac{1}{2}}s^{-\frac{1}{2}} \cdot s^{\frac{1}{4}}\bigl(1+s^{3}\bigr)^{-\frac{1}{4}}\,ds \\ \leq&\frac{\pi}{4}. \end{aligned}$$
$$\frac{1}{\Gamma(\frac{1}{2})}\sup_{t\geq0} \int_{0}^{t}\frac{L _{f}(s)}{(t-s)^{\frac{1}{2}}}\,ds\leq \frac{\sqrt{\pi}}{4}\approx0.44< 1. $$
$$\begin{aligned}& F(t, 0)=\frac{1}{4(t+t^{4})^{\frac{1}{4}}} +\sin2\pi t, \\& \int_{0}^{t}(t-s)^{-\frac{1}{2}}\sin2\pi s \,ds=2\sin2 \pi t \int_{0} ^{\sqrt{t}}\cos2\pi s^{2}\,ds-2\cos2\pi t \int_{0}^{\sqrt{t}} \sin2\pi s^{2}\,ds. \end{aligned}$$
In view of
$${ \int_{0}^{+\infty}\sin s^{2}\,ds= \int_{0}^{+\infty}\cos s^{2}\,ds=\sqrt { \frac{ \pi}{8}}} $$
being Fresnel integrals and (4.3), we obtain
$$\sup_{t\geq0} \biggl\vert \int_{0}^{t}(t-s)^{-\frac{1}{2}}F(s, 0)\,ds \biggr\vert < 2. $$
$${\lim_{t\rightarrow\infty} \biggl( \frac{t}{1+t^{3}} \biggr) ^{ \frac{1}{4}}=0}. $$
Hence, for each \(\varepsilon>0\), there is a positive constant \(L>0\) such that
$$\biggl(\frac{t}{1+t^{3}}\biggr)^{\frac{1}{4}}\leq\varepsilon,\quad t> L. $$
Therefore, noting that \(t-L>\frac{t}{L}(L-s)\), we obtain
$$\begin{aligned}& \int_{0}^{t} (t-s)^{-\frac{1}{2}}\bigl\Vert F(s+1, \varphi)-F(s, \varphi)\bigr\Vert \,ds \\& \quad \leq \frac{1}{4} \int_{0}^{L} (t-s)^{-\frac{1}{2}}s^{-\frac{1}{2}} \biggl[ \biggl( \frac{s}{1+s^{3}} \biggr) ^{\frac{1}{4}}+ \biggl( \frac {s}{1+s} \biggr) ^{\frac{1}{4}} \biggl( \frac{s}{1+(s+1)^{3}} \biggr) ^{\frac{1}{4}} \biggr]\,ds \\& \qquad {}+\frac{1}{4} \int_{L}^{t} (t-s)^{-\frac{1}{2}}s^{-\frac{1}{2}} \biggl[ \biggl( \frac{s}{1+s ^{3}} \biggr) ^{\frac{1}{4}}+ \biggl( \frac{s}{1+s} \biggr) ^{\frac{1}{4}} \biggl( \frac{s}{1+(s+1)^{3}} \biggr) ^{\frac{1}{4}} \biggr]\,ds \\& \quad \leq \frac{1}{2} \biggl( \frac{L}{t} \biggr) ^{\frac{1}{2}} \int_{0}^{L} (L-s)^{-\frac{1}{2}}s^{-\frac{1}{2}}\,ds+ \frac{\varepsilon}{2} \int_{L} ^{t} (t-s)^{-\frac{1}{2}}s^{-\frac{1}{2}}\,ds \\& \quad \leq\frac{\pi}{2}\biggl[ \biggl( \frac{L}{t} \biggr) ^{\frac {1}{2}}+\varepsilon \biggr], \end{aligned}$$
i.e. (H3′) is satisfied. Thus, the conditions in Theorem 3.7 are fulfilled. Hence, by Theorem 3.7, the problem (4.2) has a unique S-asymptotically 1-periodic solution. We refer the reader to Figure 2 above for a numerical solution of (4.2).
Figure 2
Figure 2

Numerical solution of equation ( 4.2 ).



The work was supported partly by the NSF of China (11561077, 11571229, 11201413) and the NSF of Yunnan Province (2013FB034) and The Reserve Talents of Young and Middle-Aged Academic and Technical Leaders of the Yunnan Province. The authors thank the referees very much for their suggestions and comments.

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School of Mathematics, Yunnan Normal University, Kunming, 650092, China
School of Mathematical Sciences, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, 200240, China


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