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Theory of fractional hybrid differential equations with linear perturbations of second type
Boundary Value Problems volume 2013, Article number: 23 (2013)
Abstract
In this paper, we develop the theory of fractional hybrid differential equations with linear perturbations of second type involving RiemannLiouville differential operators of order $0<q<1$. An existence theorem for fractional hybrid differential equations is proved under the φLipschitz condition. Some fundamental fractional differential inequalities which are utilized to prove the existence of extremal solutions are also established. Necessary tools are considered and the comparison principle which will be useful for further study of qualitative behavior of solutions is proved.
MSC:34A40, 34A12, 34A99.
1 Introduction
Fractional differential equations have been of great interest recently. It is caused both by the intensive development of the theory of fractional calculus itself and by the applications; see [1–14]. Although the tools of fractional calculus have been available and applicable to various fields of study, there are few papers on the investigation of the theory of fractional differential equations; see [15–19]. The differential equations involving RiemannLiouville differential operators of fractional order $0<q<1$ are very important in modeling several physical phenomena [20–22] and therefore seem to deserve an independent study of their theory parallel to the wellknown theory of ordinary differential equations.
In recent years, quadratic perturbations of nonlinear differential equations have attracted much attention. The importance of the investigations of hybrid differential equations lies in the fact that they include several dynamic systems as special cases. This class of hybrid differential equations includes the perturbations of original differential equations in different ways. There have been many works on the theory of hybrid differential equations, and we refer the readers to the articles [23–29]. Dhage and Lakshmikantham [24] discussed the following firstorder hybrid differential equation with linear perturbations of first type:
where $f\in C(J\times \mathbb{R},\mathbb{R}\setminus \{0\})$ and $g\in \mathcal{C}(J\times \mathbb{R},\mathbb{R})$. Dhage and Jadhav [25] discussed the following firstorder hybrid differential equation with linear perturbations of second type:
where $f\in C(J\times \mathbb{R},\mathbb{R}\setminus \{0\})$ and $g\in \mathcal{C}(J\times \mathbb{R},\mathbb{R})$. They established the existence and uniqueness results and some fundamental differential inequalities for hybrid differential equations initiating the study of theory of such systems and proved utilizing the theory of inequalities, its existence of extremal solutions and a comparison result.
From the above works, we develop the theory of fractional hybrid differential equations involving RiemannLiouville differential operators of order $0<q<1$. In this paper, we initiate the basic theory of fractional hybrid differential equations of mixed perturbations of second type involving three nonlinearities and prove the basic result such as the strict and nonstrict fractional differential inequalities, an existence theorem and maximal and minimal solutions etc. We claim that the results of this paper are a basic and important contribution to the theory of nonlinear fractional differential equations.
2 Fractional hybrid differential equation
Let ℝ be a real line and $J=[{t}_{0},{t}_{0}+a)$ be a bounded interval in ℝ for some ${t}_{0},a\in \mathbb{R}$ with $a>0$. Let $C(J\times \mathbb{R},\mathbb{R})$ denote the class of continuous functions $f:J\times \mathbb{R}\to \mathbb{R}$.
Definition 2.1 [19]
The RiemannLiouville fractional derivative of order $\alpha >0$ of a continuous function $f:({t}_{0},+\mathrm{\infty})\to \mathbb{R}$ is given by
where $n=[\alpha ]+1$, $[\alpha ]$ denotes the integer part of number α, provided that the righthand side is pointwise defined on $({t}_{0},+\mathrm{\infty})$.
Definition 2.2 [19]
The RiemannLiouville fractional integral of order $\alpha >0$ of a function $f:(0,+\mathrm{\infty})\to \mathbb{R}$ is given by
provided that the righthand side is pointwise defined on $({t}_{0},+\mathrm{\infty})$.
We consider fractional hybrid differential equations (in short FHDE) involving RiemannLiouville differential operators of order $0<q<1$,
where $f,g\in C(J\times \mathbb{R},\mathbb{R})$.
By a solution of FHDE (2.1), we mean a function $x\in C(J,\mathbb{R})$ such that

(i)
the function $t\mapsto xf(t,x)$ is continuous for each $x\in \mathbb{R}$, and

(ii)
x satisfies the equations in (2.1).
The theory of strict and nonstrict differential inequalities related to ODEs and hybrid differential equations is available in the literature (see [24, 25, 28, 29]). It is known that differential inequalities are useful for proving the existence of extremal solutions of ODEs and hybrid differential equations defined on J.
3 Existence result
In this section, we prove the existence results for FHDE (2.1) on the closed and bounded interval $J=[{t}_{0},{t}_{0}+a]$ under mixed Lipschitz and compactness conditions on the nonlinearities involved in it.
We place FHDE (2.1) in the space $C(J,\mathbb{R})$ of continuous realvalued functions defined on J. Define a supremum norm $\parallel \cdot \parallel $ in $C(J,\mathbb{R})$ by $\parallel x\parallel ={sup}_{t\in J}x(t)$. Clearly, $C(J,\mathbb{R})$ is a Banach algebra with respect to the above norm.
We prove the existence of a solution for FHDE (2.1) by a fixed point theorem in the Banach algebra due to Dhage [30].
Definition 3.1 Let X be a Banach space. A mapping $T:X\to X$ is called φLipschitzian if there exists a continuous and nondecreasing function $\phi :{R}^{+}\to {R}^{+}$ such that
for all $x,y\in X$, where $\phi (0)=0$.
Further, if φ satisfies the condition $\phi (r)<r$, $r>0$, then T is called a nonlinear contraction with a control function φ.
Lemma 3.1 [30]
Let S be a nonempty, closed convex and bounded subset of the Banach algebra X and let $A:X\to X$ and $B:S\to X$ be two operators such that

(a)
A is nonlinear contraction,

(b)
B is completely continuous,

(c)
$Ax+Bx\in S$ for all $x\in S$.
Then the operator equation $Ax+Bx=x$ has a solution in S.
We consider the following hypotheses in what follows.
(A_{0}) The function $x\mapsto xf(t,x)$ is increasing in ℝ for all $t\in J$.
(A_{1}) There exist constants $M\ge L>0$ such that
for all $t\in J$ and $x,y\in \mathbb{R}$.
(A_{3}) There exists a continuous function $h\in C(J,\mathbb{R})$ such that
for all $x\in \mathbb{R}$.
Lemma 3.2 [19]
Let $0<q<1$ and $u\in {L}^{1}(0,T)$.
(H_{1}) The equality ${D}^{q}{I}^{q}u(t)=u(t)$ holds.
(H_{2}) The equality
holds almost everywhere on J.
The following lemma is useful in what follows.
Lemma 3.3 Assume that hypothesis (A_{0}) holds. Then, for any $h\in C(J,\mathbb{R})$ and $0<q<1$, the function $x\in C(J,\mathbb{R})$ is a solution of the FHDE
and
if and only if x satisfies the hybrid integral equation (HIE)
Proof Let x be a solution of the Cauchy problem (3.1) and (3.2). Since the RiemannLiouville fractional integral ${I}^{q}$ is a monotone operator, thus we apply the fractional integral ${I}^{q}$ on both sides of (3.1). By Lemma 3.2, we have
then by (3.2), we get
i.e.,
Thus, (3.3) holds.
Conversely, assume that x satisfies HIE (3.3). Then applying ${D}^{q}$ on both sides of (3.3), (3.1) is satisfied. Again, substituting $t={t}_{0}$ in (3.3) yields
The map $x\mapsto xf(t,x)$ is increasing in ℝ for all $t\in J$, the map $x\mapsto xf({t}_{0},x)$ is injective in ℝ, hence $x({t}_{0})={x}_{0}$. The proof is completed. □
Now, we are in a position to prove the following existence theorem for FHDE (2.1).
Theorem 3.1 Assume that hypotheses (A_{0})(A_{2}) hold. Then FHDE (2.1) has a solution defined on J.
Proof Set $X=C(J,\mathbb{R})$ and define a subset S of X defined by
where $N={x}_{0}f({t}_{0},{x}_{0})+L+{F}_{0}+\frac{{a}^{q}}{\mathrm{\Gamma}(q+1)}{\parallel h\parallel}_{{L}^{1}}$ and ${F}_{0}={sup}_{t\in J}f(t,0)$.
Clearly, S is a closed, convex and bounded subset of the Banach algebra X. Now, using the hypotheses (A_{0})(A_{2}), it can be shown by an application of Lemma 3.3, FHDE (2.1) is equivalent to the nonlinear HIE
Define two operators $A:X\to X$ and $B:S\to X$ by
and
Then HIE (3.5) is transformed into the operator equation as
We will show that the operators A and B satisfy all the conditions of Lemma 3.1.
First, we show that A is a Lipschitz operator on X with the Lipschitz constant L. Let $x,y\in X$. Then by hypothesis (A_{1}),
for all $t\in J$. Taking supremum over t, we obtain
for all $x,y\in X$. This shows that A is a nonlinear contraction on X with a control function φ defined by $\phi =\frac{Lr}{M+r}$.
Next, we show that B is a compact and continuous operator on S into X. First, we show that B is continuous on S. Let $\{{x}_{n}\}$ be a sequence in S converging to a point $x\in S$. Then, by the Lebesgue dominated convergence theorem,
for all $t\in J$. This shows that B is a continuous operator on S.
Now, we show that B is a compact operator on S. It is enough to show that $B(S)$ is a uniformly bounded and equicontinuous set in X. On the one hand, let $x\in S$ be arbitrary. Then by hypothesis (A_{2}),
for all $t\in J$. Taking supremum over t,
for all $x\in S$. This shows that B is uniformly bounded on S.
On the other hand, let ${t}_{1},{t}_{2}\in J$ with ${t}_{1}<{t}_{2}$. Then, for any $x\in S$, one has
Hence, for $\epsilon >0$, there exists a $\delta >0$ such that
for all ${t}_{1},{t}_{2}\in J$ and for all $x\in S$. This shows that $B(S)$ is an equicontinuous set in X. Now, the set $B(S)$ is a uniformly bounded and equicontinuous set in X, so it is compact by the ArzelaAscoli theorem. As a result, B is a complete continuous operator on S.
Next, we show that hypothesis (c) of Lemma 3.1 is satisfied. Let $x\in S$. Then, by assumption (A_{1}), we have
Taking supremum over t,
Thus, all the conditions of Lemma 3.1 are satisfied and hence the operator equation $Ax+Bx=x$ has a solution in S. As a result, FHDE (2.1) has a solution defined on J. This completes the proof. □
4 Fractional hybrid differential inequalities
We discuss a fundamental result relative to strict inequalities for FHDE (2.1).
Lemma 4.1 [17]
Let $m:{\mathbb{R}}_{+}\to \mathbb{R}$ be locally Hölder continuous such that for any ${t}_{1}\in (0,+\mathrm{\infty})$, we have
Then it follows that
Theorem 4.1 Assume that hypothesis (A_{0}) holds. Suppose that there exist functions $y,z:J\to \mathbb{R}$ that are locally Hölder continuous such that
and
one of the inequalities being strict. Then
implies
for all $t\in J$.
Proof Suppose that inequality (4.4) is strict. Assume that the claim is false. Then there exists a ${t}_{1}\in J$, ${t}_{1}>0$, such that $y({t}_{1})=z({t}_{1})$ and $y(t)<z(t)$ for ${t}_{0}\le t<{t}_{1}$.
Define
Then we have $Y({t}_{1})=Z({t}_{1})$ and by virtue of hypothesis (A_{0}), we get $Y(t)<Z(t)$ for all ${t}_{0}\le t<{t}_{1}$. Setting $m(t)=Y(t)Z(t)$, ${t}_{0}\le t\le {t}_{1}$, we find that $m(t)\le 0$, ${t}_{0}\le t\le {t}_{1}$ and $m({t}_{1})=0$. Then by Lemma 4.1, we have ${D}^{q}m({t}_{1})\ge 0$. By (4.3) and (4.4), we obtain
This is a contradiction to $y({t}_{1})=z({t}_{1})$. Hence, the conclusion (4.6) is valid and the proof is complete. □
The next result is concerned with nonstrict fractional differential inequalities which require a kind of onesided φLipshitz condition.
Theorem 4.2 Assume that the conditions of Theorem 4.1 hold. Suppose that there exists a real number $M>0$ such that
for all ${x}_{1},{x}_{2}\in \mathbb{R}$ with ${x}_{1}\ge {x}_{2}$. Then $y(0)\le z(0)$ implies, provided $M{a}^{q}\le \frac{1}{\mathrm{\Gamma}(1q)}$,
for all $t\in J$.
Proof
We set
for small $\epsilon >0$, so that we have
Define ${Z}_{\epsilon}(t)={z}_{\epsilon}(t)f(t,{z}_{\epsilon}(t))$ and $Z(t)=z(t)f(t,z(t))$ for $t\in J$. Since
for all $t\in J$ and $M{a}^{q}\le \frac{1}{\mathrm{\Gamma}(1q)}$, one has
Also, we have ${z}_{\epsilon}(0)>z(0)\ge y(0)$. Hence, by an application of Theorem 4.1 with $z={z}_{\epsilon}$ yields that $y(t)<{z}_{\epsilon}(t)$ for all $t\in J$. By the arbitrariness of $\epsilon >0$, taking the limits as $\epsilon \to 0$, we have $y(t)\le z(t)$ for all $t\in J$. This completes the proof. □
Remark 4.1 Let $f(t,x)\equiv 0$ and $g(t,x)=x$. We can easily verify that f and g satisfy the condition (4.7).
5 Existence of maximal and minimal solutions
In this section, we prove the existence of maximal and minimal solutions for FHDE (2.1) on $J=[{t}_{0},{t}_{0}+a]$. We need the following definition in what follows.
Definition 5.1 A solution r of FHDE (2.1) is said to be maximal if for any other solution x to FHDE (2.1), one has $x(t)\le r(t)$ for all $t\in J$. Similarly, a solution ρ of FHDE (2.1) is said to be minimal if $\rho (t)\le x(t)$ for all $t\in J$, where x is any solution of FHDE (2.1) on J.
We discuss the case of a maximal solution only, as the case of a minimal solution is similar and can be obtained with the same arguments with appropriate modifications. Given an arbitrary small real number $\epsilon >0$, consider the following initial value problem of FHDE of order $0<q<1$,
where $f,g\in C(J\times \mathbb{R},\mathbb{R})$.
An existence theorem for FHDE (5.1) can be stated as follows.
Theorem 5.1 Assume that hypotheses (A_{0})(A_{2}) hold. Then, for every small number $\epsilon >0$, FHDE (5.1) has a solution defined on J.
Proof The proof is similar to Theorem 3.1 and we omit the details. □
Our main existence theorem for a maximal solution for FHDE (2.1) is as follows.
Theorem 5.2 Assume that hypotheses (A_{0})(A_{2}) hold. Then FHDE (2.1) has a maximal solution defined on J.
Proof Let ${\{{\epsilon}_{n}\}}_{0}^{\mathrm{\infty}}$ be a decreasing sequence of positive real numbers such that ${lim}_{n\to \mathrm{\infty}}{\epsilon}_{n}=0$. By Theorem 5.1, then there exists a solution $r(t,{\epsilon}_{n})$ of the FHDE defined on J
Then, for any solution u of FHDE (2.1), any solution of auxiliary problem (5.2) satisfies
where $u({t}_{0})={x}_{0}\le {x}_{0}+{\epsilon}_{n}=r({t}_{0},{\epsilon}_{n})$. By Theorem 4.2, we infer that
for all $t\in J$ and $n\in \mathbb{N}\cup \{0\}$.
Since ${x}_{0}+{\epsilon}_{2}=r({t}_{0},{\epsilon}_{2})\le r({t}_{0},{\epsilon}_{1})={x}_{0}+{\epsilon}_{1}$, then by Theorem 4.2, we infer that $r(t,{\epsilon}_{2})\le r(t,{\epsilon}_{1})$. Therefore, $r(t,{\epsilon}_{n})$ is a decreasing sequence of positive real numbers, the limit
exists. We show that the convergence in (5.4) is uniform on J. To finish, it is enough to prove that the sequence $r(t,{\epsilon}_{n})$ is equicontinuous in $C(J,R)$. Let ${t}_{1},{t}_{2}\in J$ with ${t}_{1}<{t}_{2}$ be arbitrary. Then
Since f is continuous on a compact set $J\times [N,N]$, it is uniformly continuous there. Hence,
uniformly for all $n\in \mathbb{N}$.
Therefore, from the above inequality, it follows that
uniformly for all $n\in \mathbb{N}$. Therefore,
for all $t\in J$.
Next, we show that the function $r(t)$ is a solution of FHDE (2.1) defined on J. Now, since $r(t,{\epsilon}_{n})$ is a solution of FHDE (5.2), we have
for all $t\in J$. Taking the limit as $n\to \mathrm{\infty}$ in above Eq. (5.5) yields
for all $t\in J$. Thus, the function r is a solution of FHDE (2.1) on J. Finally, from inequality (5.3), it follows that $u(t)\le r(t)$ for all $t\in J$. Hence, FHDE (2.1) has a maximal solution on J. This completes the proof. □
6 Comparison theorems
The main problem of differential inequalities is to estimate a bound for the solution set for the differential inequality related to FHDE (2.1). In this section, we prove that the maximal and minimal solutions serve as bounds for the solutions of the related differential inequality to FHDE (2.1) on $J=[{t}_{0},{t}_{0}+a]$.
Theorem 6.1 Assume that hypotheses (A_{0})(A_{2}) hold. Suppose that there exists a real number $M>0$ such that
for all ${x}_{1},{x}_{2}\in \mathbb{R}$ with ${x}_{1}\ge {x}_{2}$, where $M{a}^{q}\le \frac{1}{\mathrm{\Gamma}(1q)}$. Furthermore, if there exists a function $u\in C(J,\mathbb{R})$ such that
Then
for all $t\in J$, where r is a maximal solution of FHDE (2.1) on J.
Proof Let $\epsilon >0$ be arbitrary small. By Theorem 5.2, $r(t,\epsilon )$ is a maximal solution of FHDE (5.1) and the limit
is uniform on J and the function r is a maximal solution of FHDE (2.1) on J. Hence, we obtain
From the above inequality, it follows that
Now, we apply Theorem 4.2 to inequalities (6.1) and (6.4) and conclude that $u(t)<r(t,\epsilon )$ for all $t\in J$. This further, in view of limit (6.3), implies that inequality (6.2) holds on J. This completes the proof. □
Theorem 6.2 Assume that hypotheses (A_{0})(A_{2}) hold. Suppose that there exists a real number $M>0$ such that
for all ${x}_{1},{x}_{2}\in \mathbb{R}$ with ${x}_{1}\ge {x}_{2}$, where $M{T}^{q}\le \frac{1}{\mathrm{\Gamma}(1q)}$. Furthermore, if there exists a function $u\in C(J,\mathbb{R})$ such that
Then
for all $t\in J$, where ρ is a minimal solution of FHDE (2.1) on J.
Note that Theorem 6.1 is useful to prove the boundedness and uniqueness of the solutions for FHDE (2.1) on J. A result in this direction is as follows.
Theorem 6.3 Assume that hypotheses (A_{0})(A_{2}) hold. Suppose that there exists a function $G:J\times {\mathbb{R}}_{+}\to {\mathbb{R}}_{+}$ such that
for all ${x}_{1},{x}_{2}\in \mathbb{R}$. If an identically zero function is the only solution of the differential equation
then FHDE (2.1) has a unique solution on J.
Proof By Theorem 3.1, FHDE (2.1) has a solution defined on J. Suppose that there are two solutions ${u}_{1}$ and ${u}_{2}$ of FHDE (2.1) existing on J. Define a function $m:J\to \mathbb{R}$ by
As ${D}^{\alpha}(x(t))\le {D}^{\alpha}x(t)$ for $t\in J$, we have
for almost everywhere $t\in J$, and $m({t}_{0})=0$.
Now, we apply Theorem 6.1 with $f(t,x)\equiv 0$ to get that $m(t)\equiv 0$ for all $t\in J$. This gives
for all $t\in J$. Then we can get ${u}_{1}={u}_{2}$ in view of hypothesis (A_{0}). This completes the proof. □
7 Existence of extremal solutions in a vector segment
Sometimes it is desirable to have knowledge of the existence of extremal positive solutions for FHDE (2.1) on J. In this section, we prove the existence of maximal and minimal positive solutions for FHDE (2.1) between the given upper and lower solutions on $J=[{t}_{0},{t}_{0}+a]$. We use a hybrid fixed point theorem of Dhage [26] in ordered Banach spaces for establishing our results. We need the following preliminaries in what follows.
A nonempty closed set K in a Banach algebra X is called a cone with vertex 0 if

(i)
$K+K\subseteq K$,

(ii)
$\lambda K\subseteq K$ for $\lambda \in \mathbb{R}$, $\lambda \ge 0$,

(iii)
$(K)\cap K=0$, where 0 is the zero element of X,

(iv)
A cone K is called positive if $K\circ K\subseteq K$, where ∘ is a multiplication composition in X.
We introduce an order relation ‘≤’ in X as follows. Let $x,y\in X$. Then $x\le y$ if and only if $yx\in K$. A cone K is called normal if the norm $\parallel \cdot \parallel $ is semimonotone increasing on K, that is, there is a constant $N>0$ such that $\parallel x\parallel \le N\parallel y\parallel $ for all $x,y\in K$ with $x\le y$. It is known that if the cone K is normal in X, then every orderbounded set in X is normbounded. The details of cones and their properties appear in Heikkilä and Lakshmikantham [31].
Lemma 7.1 [26]
Let K be a positive cone in a real Banach algebra X and let ${u}_{1},\phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}{u}_{2},\phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}{v}_{1},\phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}{v}_{2}\in K$ be such that ${u}_{1}\le {v}_{1}$ and ${u}_{2}\le {v}_{2}$. Then ${u}_{1}{u}_{2}\le {v}_{1}{v}_{2}$.
For any $a,b\in X$, the order interval $[a,b]$ is a set in X given by
Definition 7.1 A mapping $T:\phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}[a,b]\to X$ is said to be nondecreasing or monotone increasing if $x\le y$ implies $Tx\le Ty$ for all $x,y\in [a,b]$.
We use the following fixed point theorems of Dhage [27] for proving the existence of extremal solutions for IVP (2.1) under certain monotonicity conditions.
Lemma 7.2 [27]
Let K be a cone in a Banach algebra X and let $a,b\in X$ be such that $a\le b$. Suppose that $A,\phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}B:\phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}[a,b]\to K$ are two nondecreasing operators such that

(a)
A is a nonlinear contraction,

(b)
B is completely continuous,

(c)
$Ax+Bx\in [a,b]$ for each $x\in [a,b]$.
Further, if the cone K is positive and normal, then the operator equation $Ax+Bx=x$ has a least and a greatest positive solution in $[a,b]$.
We equip the space $C(J,\mathbb{R})$ with the order relation ≤ with the help of a cone K defined by
It is well known that the cone K is positive and normal in $C(J,\mathbb{R})$. We need the following definitions in what follows.
Definition 7.2 A function $a\in C(J,\mathbb{R})$ is called a lower solution of FHDE (2.1) defined on J if it satisfies (4.3). Similarly, a function $a\in C(J,\mathbb{R})$ is called an upper solution of FHDE (2.1) defined on J if it satisfies (4.4). A solution to FHDE (2.1) is a lower as well as an upper solution for FHDE (2.1) defined on J and vice versa.
We consider the following set of assumptions:
(B_{0}) $f:\phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}J\times \mathbb{R}\to {\mathbb{R}}^{+}\{0\}$, $\phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}g:\phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}J\times \mathbb{R}\to {\mathbb{R}}^{+}$.
(B_{1}) FHDE (2.1) has a lower solution a and an upper solution b defined on J with $a\le b$.
(B_{2}) The function $x\to xf(t,x)$ is increasing in the interval $[{min}_{t\in J}a(t),{max}_{t\in J}b(t)]$ almost everywhere for $t\in J$.
(B_{3}) The functions $f(t,x)$ and $g(t,x)$ are nondecreasing in x almost everywhere for $t\in J$.
(B_{4}) There exists a function $k\in {L}^{1}(J,\mathbb{R})$ such that $g(t,b(t))\le k(t)$.
We remark that hypothesis (B_{4}) holds in particular if f is continuous and g is ${L}^{1}$Carathéodory on $J\times \mathbb{R}$.
Theorem 7.1 Suppose that assumptions (A_{1}) and (B_{0})(B_{4}) hold. Then FHDE (2.1) has a minimal and a maximal positive solution defined on J.
Proof Now, FHDE (2.1) is equivalent to integral equation (3.5) defined on J. Let $X=C(J,\mathbb{R})$. Define two operators A and B on X by (3.6) and (3.7) respectively. Then the integral equation (3.5) is transformed into an operator equation $Ax(t)+Bx(t)=x(t)$ in the Banach algebra X. Notice that hypothesis (B_{0}) implies $A,B:[a,b]\to K$. Since the cone K in X is normal, $[a,b]$ is a norm bounded set in X. Now it is shown, as in the proof of Theorem 3.1, that A is a Lipschitzian with the Lipschitz constant L and B is a completely continuous operator on $[a,b]$. Again, hypothesis (B_{3}) implies that A and B are nondecreasing on $[a,b]$. To see this, let $x,y\in [a,b]$ be such that $x\le y$. Then, by hypothesis (B_{3}),
for all $t\in J$. Similarly, we have
for all $t\in J$. So, A and B are nondecreasing operators on $[a,b]$. Lemma 7.1 and hypothesis (B_{3}) together imply that
for all $t\in J$ and $x\in [a,b]$. As a result, $a(t)\le Ax(t)+Bx(t)\le b(t)$ for all $t\in J$ and $x\in [a,b]$. Hence, $Ax+Bx\in [a,b]$ for all $x\in [a,b]$.
Now, we apply Lemma 7.2 to the operator equation $AxBx=x$ to yield that FHDE (2.1) has a minimal and a maximal positive solution in $[a,b]$ defined on J. This completes the proof. □
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Dedicated to Professor Hari M Srivastava.
This research is supported by the Natural Science Foundation of China (11071143, 60904024, 61174217), Natural Science Outstanding Youth Foundation of Shandong Province (JQ201119) and supported by Shandong Provincial Natural Science Foundation (ZR2012AM009, ZR2010AL002, ZR2011AL007), also supported by Natural Science Foundation of Educational Department of Shandong Province (J11LA01).
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Lu, H., Sun, S., Yang, D. et al. Theory of fractional hybrid differential equations with linear perturbations of second type. Bound Value Probl 2013, 23 (2013) doi:10.1186/16872770201323
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Keywords
 fractional differential inequalities
 existence theorem
 comparison principle