#### Abstract

The existence results of positive *ω*-periodic solutions
are obtained for the second-order functional differential equation with
multiple delays ,
where is a positive *ω*-periodic function, is a continuous function which is *ω*-periodic in *t*, and are *ω*-periodic functions. The existence conditions
concern the first eigenvalue of the associated linear periodic
boundary problem. Our discussion is based on the fixed-point index
theory in cones.

#### 1. Introduction

In this paper, we deal with the existence of positive periodic solution of the second-order functional differential equation with multiple delays where is a positive -periodic function, is a continuous function which is -periodic in , and ,…, are -periodic functions is a constant.

In recent years, the existence of periodic solutions for second-order functional differential equations has been researched by many authors see [1–8] and references therein. In some practice models, only positive periodic solutions are significant. In [4–8], the authors obtained the existence of positive periodic solutions for some second-order functional differential equations by using fixed-point theorems of cone mapping. Especially in [5], Wu considered the second-order functional differential equation and obtained the existence results of positive periodic solutions by using the Krasnoselskii fixed-point theorem of cone mapping when the coefficient satisfies the condition that for every . And in [8], Li obtained the existence results of positive -periodic solutions for the second-order differential equation with constant delays by employing the fixed-point index theory in cones. For the second-order differential equations without delay, the existence of positive periodic solutions has been discussed by more authors, see [9–14].

Motivated by the paper mentioned above, we research the existence of positive periodic solutions of (1.1). We aim to obtain the essential conditions on the existence of positive periodic solution of (1.1) by constructing a special cone and applying the fixed-point index theory in cones.

In this paper, we assume the following conditions:(H1) is -periodic function and there exists a constant such that where is the -norm of in , is the conjugate exponent of defined by , and the function is defined by in which is the Gamma function.(H2) and is -periodic in .(H3) are -periodic functions.

In Assumption (H1), if , since , then (1.4) implies that satisfies the condition This condition includes the case discussed in [5].

The techniques used in this paper are completely different from those in [5]. Our results are more general than those in [5] in two aspects. Firstly, we relax the conditions of the coefficient appeared in an equation in [5] and expand the range of its values. Secondly, by constructing a special cone and applying the fixed-point index theory in cones, we obtain the essential conditions on the existence of positive periodic solutions of (1.1). The conditions concern the first eigenvalue of the associated linear periodic boundary problem, which improve and optimize the results in [5]. To our knowledge, there are very few works on the existence of positive periodic solutions for the above functional differential equations under the conditions concerning the first eigenvalue of the corresponding linear equation.

Our main results are presented and proved in Section 3. Some preliminaries to discuss (1.1) are presented in Section 2.

#### 2. Preliminaries

In order to discuss (1.1), we consider the existence of -periodic solution of the corresponding linear differential equation where is a -periodic function. It is obvious that finding an -periodic solution of (2.1) is equivalent to finding a solution of the linear periodic boundary value problem In [14], Torres show the following existence resulted.

Lemma 2.1. * Assume that (H1 ) holds, then for every , the linear periodic boundary problem (2.2) has a unique solution expressed by
**
where is the Green function of the linear periodic boundary problem (2.2), which satisfies the positivity: for every . *

For the details, see [14, Theorem 2.1 and Corollary 2.3].

For , we use to denote the th-order continuous differentiable -periodic functions space. Let be the Banach space of all continuous -periodic functions equipped the norm .

Let be the cone of all nonnegative functions in . Then is an ordered Banach space by the cone . has a nonempty interior Let

Lemma 2.2. * Assume that (H1) holds, then for every , (2.1) has a unique -periodic solution . Let , then is a completely continuous linear operator, and when , has the positivity estimate
*

*Proof. *Let . By Lemma 2.1, the linear periodic boundary problem (2.2) has a unique solution given by (2.3). We extend to a -periodic function, which is still denoted by , then is a unique -periodic solution of (2.1). By (2.3),
From this we see that maps every bounded set in to a bounded equicontinuous set of . Hence, by the Ascoli-Arzelà theorem, is completely continuous.

Let . For every , from (2.8) it follows that
and therefore,
Using (2.8) and this inequality, we have that

Hence, by the periodicity of , (2.7) holds for every .

From (2.7) we easily see that ; namely, is a strongly positive linear operator. By the well-known Krein-Rutman theorem, the spectral radius is a simple eigenvalue of , and has a corresponding positive eigenfunction ; that is, Since can be replaced by , where is a constant, we can choose such that Set , then . By Lemma 2.2 and the definition of , satisfies the differential equation Thus, is the minimum positive real eigenvalue of the linear equation (2.1) under the -periodic condition. Summarizing these facts, we have the following lemma.

Lemma 2.3. * Assume that (H1) holds, then there exist such that (2.13) and (2.14) hold. *

Let satisfy the assumption (H2). For every , set Then is continuous. Define a mapping by By the definition of operator , the -periodic solution of (1.1) is equivalent to the fixed point of . Choose a subcone of by By the strong positivity (2.7) of and the definition of , we easily obtain the following.

Lemma 2.4. * Assume that (H1) holds, then and is completely continuous. *

Hence, the positive -periodic solution of (1.1) is equivalent to the nontrivial fixed point of . We will find the nonzero fixed point of by using the fixed-point index theory in cones.

We recall some concepts and conclusions on the fixed-point index in [15, 16]. Let be a Banach space and a closed convex cone in . Assume that is a bounded open subset of with boundary , and . Let be a completely continuous mapping. If for any , then the fixed-point index has definition. One important fact is that if , then has a fixed point in . The following two lemmas in [16] are needed in our argument.

Lemma 2.5. * Let be a bounded open subset of with , and a completely continuous mapping. If for every and , then . *

Lemma 2.6. * Let be a bounded open subset of and a completely continuous mapping. If there exists an such that for every and , then . *

#### 3. Main Results

We consider the existence of positive -periodic solutions of (1.1). Assume that satisfy (H2). To be convenient, we introduce the notations where and . Our main results are as follows.

Theorem 3.1. * Suppose that (H1)–(H3) hold. If satisfies the condition *(H4)* ,**then (1.1) has at least one positive -periodic solution. *

Theorem 3.2. *Suppose that (H1)–(H3) hold. If satisfies the condition*(H5)* ,**then (1.1) has at least one positive -periodic solution. *

In Theorem 3.1, the condition (H4) allows to be superlinear growth on , . For example, satisfies (H4) with and , where are positive -periodic functions.

In Theorem 3.2, the condition (H5) allows to be sublinear growth on , . For example, satisfies (H5) with and , where are positive -periodic solution.

Applying Theorems 3.1 and 3.2 to (1.2), we have the following.

Corollary 3.3. * Suppose that (H1)–(H3) hold. If the parameter satisfies one of the following conditions *(1)*, *(2)*, ** then (1.2) has at least one positive -periodic solution. *

This result improves and extends [5, Theorem 1.3].

*Proof of Theorem 3.1. * Let be the cone defined by (2.17) and the operator defined by (2.16). Then the positive -periodic solution of (1.1) is equivalent to the nontrivial fixed point of . Let and set
We show that the operator has a fixed point in when is small enough and large enough.

Since , by the definition of , there exist and , such that
where and . Choosing , we prove that satisfies the condition of Lemma 2.5 in ; namely, for every and . In fact, if there exist and such that and since , by definition of and Lemma 2.2, satisfies the differential equation
where is defined by (2.15). Since , by the definitions of and , we have
This implies that
From this and (3.5), it follows that
By this inequality and (3.6), we have
Let be the function given in Lemma 2.4. Multiplying the inequality (3.10) by and integrating on , we have
For the left side of the above inequality using integration by parts, then using the periodicity of and and (2.14), we have
Consequently, we obtain that
Since , by the definition of and (2.13),
From this and (3.13), we conclude that , which is a contradiction. Hence, satisfies the condition of Lemma 2.5 in . By Lemma 2.5, we have

On the other hand, since , by the definition of , there exist and such that
where and . Choose and . Clearly, . We show that satisfies the condition of Lemma 2.6 in ; namely, for every and . In fact, if there exist and such that , since , by the definition of and Lemma 2.2, satisfies the differential equation
Since , by the definitions of and , we have
This means that
Combining this with (3.16), we have that
From this inequality and (3.17), it follows that
Multiplying this inequality by and integrating on , we have
For the left side of the above inequality using integration by parts and (2.14), we have
From this and (3.22), it follows that
Since , by the definition of and (2.13), we have
Hence, from (3.24) it follows that , which is a contradiction. Therefore, satisfies the condition of Lemma 2.6 in . By Lemma 2.6, we have

Now by the additivity of the fixed-point index (3.15), and (3.26), we have
Hence has a fixed point in , which is a positive -periodic solution of (1.1).

*Proof of Theorem 3.2. * Let be defined by (3.4). We prove that the operator defined by (2.16) has a fixed point in if is small enough and is large enough.

By and the definition of , there exist and , such that
where . Let and . We prove that satisfies the condition of Lemma 2.6 in ; namely, for every and . In fact, if there exist and such that and since , by the definition of and Lemma 2.2, satisfies the differential equation
Since , by the definitions of and , satisfies (3.7), and hence (3.8) holds. From (3.8) and (3.28), it follows that
By this and (3.29), we obtain that
Multiplying this inequality by and integrating on , we have
For the left side of this inequality using integration by parts and (2.14), we have
From this and (3.32), it follows that
Since , from the definition of and (2.13) it follows that (3.14) holds. By (3.14) and (3.34), we see that , which is a contradiction. Hence, satisfies the condition of Lemma 2.6 in . By Lemma 2.6, we have

Since , by the definition of , there exist and such that
where . Choosing , we show that satisfies the condition of Lemma 2.5 in ; namely, for every and . In fact, if there exist and such that , since , by the definition of and Lemma 2.2, satisfies the differential equation
Since , by the definitions of and , satisfies (3.18), and hence (3.19) holds. By (3.19) and (3.36), we have

From this inequality and (3.37), it follows that
Multiplying this inequality by and integrating on , we have
For the left side of this inequality using integration by parts and (2.14), we have
Consequently, we obtain that
Since , by the definition of and (2.13) we see that (3.25) holds. From (3.25) and (3.42), we see that , which is a contradiction. Hence, satisfies the condition of Lemma 2.5 in . By Lemma 2.5 we have

Now, from (3.35) and (3.43) it follows that
Hence, has a fixed point in , which is a positive -periodic solution of (1.1).

#### Acknowledgment

This research supported by NNSF of China (11261053 and 11061031).