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Nurgali K. Ashirbayev, Józef Banaś, Agnieszka Dubiel, "Solvability of an Integral Equation of Volterra-Wiener-Hopf Type", *Abstract and Applied Analysis*, vol. 2014, Article ID 982079, 9 pages, 2014. https://doi.org/10.1155/2014/982079

# Solvability of an Integral Equation of Volterra-Wiener-Hopf Type

**Academic Editor:**Xiao-Jun Yang

#### Abstract

The paper presents results concerning the solvability of a nonlinear integral equation of Volterra-Stieltjes type. We show that under some assumptions that equation has a continuous and bounded solution defined on the interval and having a finite limit at infinity. As a special case of the mentioned integral equation we obtain an integral equation of Volterra-Wiener-Hopf type. That fact enables us to formulate convenient and handy conditions ensuring the solvability of the equation in question in the class of functions defined and continuous on the interval and having finite limits at infinity.

#### 1. Introduction

Integral equations play very important and significant role in the description of numerous events appearing in real world. Almost all branches of physics, mathematical physics, engineering, astronomy, economics, biology, and so forth utilize the theory of integral equations, both linear and nonlinear (cf. [1–5], e.g.).

Integral equations of Wiener-Hopf type create very important branch of the theory of integral equations [5]. Integral equations of such a type belong to the part of the theory of integral equations which are often called as integral equations depending on the difference of arguments [5]. It is worthwhile mentioning that integral equations of Wiener-Hopf type find numerous applications. For example, they are applied to describe some problems of radiative equilibria [6] and in the theory of diffraction [7]. Moreover, the reflection of an electromagnetic plane wave by an infinite sets of plates is also investigated with help of Wiener-Hopf integral equations [8]. Other possible applications of the theory of Wiener-Hopf integral equations are associated with dynamic elasticity [9], diffraction of plane waves by circular cone [10], and so forth (cf. also [5]).

Let us recall that the classical Wiener-Hopf integral equation has the form where and is a given function which is continuous and integrable on the set of real numbers ; that is, there exists a finite improper integral: Obviously, instead of (1) we may consider its “unbounded domain” counterpart having the form or even more general equations [5].

In this paper we will investigate the Volterra counterpart of the Wiener-Hopf integral equations (1) and (3), which has the form where or with .

Let us pay attention to the fact that Volterra-Wiener-Hopf integral equation (4) appears quite naturally as a special case of (1) and (3). In fact, if we require that then (3) reduces to (4). This observation justifies the interest in the study of the Volterra-Wiener-Hopf integral equations.

To make our investigations more general and more convenient, we will study the so-called Volterra-Stieltjes integral equation having the form where the involved integral is understood in the Riemann-Stieltjes sense.

The details explaining such an approach as well as suitable definitions will be presented in our further considerations.

#### 2. Notation, Definitions, and Auxiliary Facts

In this sectio,n we present notation, definitions, and all auxiliary facts which will be utilized further on. Similar to Section 1, we will denote by the set of real numbers. We put also .

The investigation of the paper will be conducted in the Banach function space consisting of all real functions defined, continuous, and bounded on the interval . This space is endowed by the classical supremum norm

Let us notice that in the space the classical Ascoli-Arzela criterion for relative compactness fails to work and we know only a few sufficient conditions guaranteeing the relative compactness (cf. [11, 12]). Keeping in mind our further purposes we provide below a sufficient condition of such a type [12].

Theorem 1. *Let be a nonempty and bounded subset of the space . Assume that is locally equicontinuous; that is, for any , the functions from are equicontinuous on the interval . Moreover assume that the following condition is satisfied.**For any there exists a number such that for any function and for all the inequality is satisfied.**Then the set is relatively compact in the space .*

*Remark 2. *Let us notice that in the case when a set satisfies conditions imposed in Theorem 1 all functions from tend to finite limits at infinity uniformly with respect to the set (cf. [11, 12]).

In the sequel we will use the concept of the modulus of continuity of a function from the space . Thus, fix arbitrarily and take a function .

Consider the quantity
defined for . This quantity is called the modulus of continuity of a function on the interval . Obviously in view of the uniform continuity of on the interval .

Now, we provide needed facts concerning functions of bounded variation [13].

At the beginning assume that is a real function defined on a fixed interval . Then the symbol will denote the variation of the function on the interval . In the case when is finite we say that is of bounded variation on . If we have a function , then we denote by the variation of the function on the interval , where is a fixed number in the interval . Similarly we define the quantity .

For the properties of functions of bounded variation we refer to [13].

If and are two real functions defined on the interval then under some additional conditions [13] we can define the Stieltjes integral (in the Riemann-Stieltjes sense)
of the function with respect to the function . In such a case we say that is Stieltjes integrable on the interval with respect to .

Let us mention that several conditions are known which guarantee the Stieltjes integrability [3, 13, 14]. One of the most frequently used conditions requires that is continuous and is of bounded variation on .

In what follows we will utilize a few properties of the Stieltjes integral contained in the following given lemmas [13].

Lemma 3. *If is Stieltjes integrable on the interval with respect to a function of bounded variation, then
*

Lemma 4. *Let and be Stieltjes integrable functions on the interval with respect to a nondecreasing function such that for . Then
*

Further on, we will also consider Stieltjes integrals having the form where and the symbol indicates the integration with respect to . The details concerning the integral of this type will be given later. Let us only mention that integral (12) allows us to represent the Volterra-Wiener-Hopf integral equation (4) as a particular case of the Volterra-Stieltjes integral equation (6).

#### 3. Main Results

The investigations of this section will be located in the Banach function space described previously in Section 2. Firstly, we will consider the solvability of the Volterra-Stieltjes integral equation having form (6). This equation will be studied under the following formulated assumptions.(i)The function belongs to the space and is such that there exists the limit (obviously, this limit is finite).(ii) is continuous and there exists a function which is nondecreasing, , , and such that for all and .(iii)The function is a member of .(iv) is a uniformly continuous function on the triangle (v)The function is of bounded variation on the interval for each fixed .(vi)For any there exists such that for all with , , the following inequality holds: (vii) for all .(viii)The function is bounded on .

Before formulating the last assumption let us denote by and the following constants: Obviously in view of assumption (iii), while the inequality is a consequence of assumption (viii).

Now, we can formulate our last assumption. (ix) There exists a positive solution of the inequality

Now, we are prepared to present our first main result.

Theorem 5. *Under assumptions (i)–(ix), (6) has at least one solution in the space which belongs to the ball and has a finite limit at infinity.*

In the proof of the above theorem we will need a few auxiliary facts contained in the following given lemmas.

Lemma 6. *The function
**
is continuous on the interval for any fixed .*

This lemma is an easy consequence of assumptions (iv) and (v) and the properties of the variation of functions (cf. [13], p. 60).

Lemma 7. *Let assumptions (iv)–(vi) be satisfied. Then, for arbitrarily fixed number and for any , there exists such that if and then
*

*Proof. *Fix and . Next, consider the function defined on the interval by the formula

Then, in view of Lemma 6, the function is continuous at the point . Hence we infer that there exists such that for , , and we have that . On the other hand, we get
The proof is complete.

*Proof of Theorem 5. *Let us consider the operator defined on the space in the following way:
for and for arbitrarily fixed . Then, keeping in mind the imposed assumptions, we deduce that the function is well defined.

Further, fix arbitrarily and take . Without loss of generality we may assume that . Then, in view of Lemmas 3 and 4, we obtain
Hence, in view of assumption (vi) and Lemma 7, we conclude that the function is continuous on the interval . Since was chosen arbitrarily this allows us to infer that is continuous on .

Next, we show that the function is bounded on . To this end, fix arbitrarily and . Then, in virtue of the imposed assumptions and Lemmas 3 and 4, we get
Now, in view of assumption (viii), we conclude that the following inequality holds:
The above inequality shows that the function is bounded on . This fact in connection with the continuity of the function established above shows that . In other words, the operator is a self-mapping of the space .

Moreover, on the basis of inequality (25) and assumption (ix), we conclude that there exists a positive number such that the operator transforms the ball (see assumption (ix)) into itself.

Now we show that the operator is continuous on the ball . To this end, fix . Next, fix arbitrarily such that . Then, taking into account the imposed assumptions, for an arbitrary fixed number , we get
The above obtained estimate (26) shows that the operator is continuous even on the whole space .

Now we show that the set is relatively compact in the space . To show this fact we introduce two auxiliary functions and defined in the following way:
Observe that in view of assumption (iv) and Lemma 7 we have that and as .

Further, fix arbitrarily and and choose a function . Next, take such that . Without loss of generality we may assume that . Then, in view of estimate (23), we get
This estimate shows that functions from the set are equicontinuous on the interval .

Next, taking arbitrarily with and arguing in the same way as we done in order to obtain estimate (23), we get
Hence, keeping in mind assumption (i), we can choose so big that the term is suitably small for . This assertion in conjunction with the fact that and as , in view of Theorem 1, allows us to deduce that the set is relatively compact in the space .

Now, taking into account the continuity of the operator and applying the classical Schauder fixed point principle, we conclude that there exists at least one fixed point of the operator which belongs to the ball . Obviously, the function is a solution of the Volterra-Stieltjes integral equation (6). Moreover, let us notice that any fixed point of the operator from the ball must belong to the set being relatively compact in the sense of Theorem 1. In the light of Remark 2 this fact allows us to infer that the function being a solution of (6) has a finite limit at infinity.

The proof is complete.

Now, we pay our attention to assumption (vi) playing a key role in our investigations. It turns out that we can formulate a condition being handy in applications and ensuring that the function satisfies assumption (vi).

To formulate that condition assume, as previously, that , where . Then, the announced condition may be formulated as follows. (vi′) For arbitrary such that the function is nonincreasing on the interval .

*Remark 8. *The above condition and its consequences were discussed in [15] (cf. also [16]) under the assumption that , where . Moreover, instead of it was assumed that .

Further, we prove a few consequences of condition (vi′).

Lemma 9. *Under assumptions (vi′) and (vii), for arbitrarily fixed , the function is nonincreasing on the interval .*

*Proof. *Fix a number and take arbitrarily with . Then, in virtue of (vi′), we obtain
Hence, in view of assumption (vii), we have
and the proof is complete.

The next result indicates the utility of assumption (vi′).

Theorem 10. *Suppose that the function satisfies assumptions (iv), (vi′), and (vii). Then satisfies assumption (vi).*

*Proof. *Fix an arbitrary number . In view of assumption (iv) we deduce that there exists such that if , and then
In the light of Lemma 9 the above inequality can be written equivalently in the form
Further, assume that , are fixed. Take a partition of the interval . Then, in view of assumptions (vi′) and (vii) and Lemma 9, we obtain
Hence we deduce that
Finally, combining the above equality with (33), we complete the proof.

In what follows we show how the result contained in Theorem 5 can be applied to the Volterra-Wiener-Hopf integral equation (4). First of all let us recall that (4) is a special case of the Volterra-Stieltjes integral equation (6) if we put for . Obviously such a substitution has a sense under suitable assumptions concerning the function , which will be formulated later.

To adapt the assumptions of Theorem 5 to our situation let us observe that assumption (vii) is then automatically satisfied since .

Let us observe that in order to ensure the well definiteness of the function we have to assume that the function is locally integrable over (in Lebesgue sense). Moreover, to adapt assumption (vi), let us notice that taking , , we have
In view of the above equality we can reformulate assumption (vi) in the following way. (vi_{1}) For any there exists such that for all with , , the following inequality holds:
In a similar way, assumption (viii) can be translated to the following form. (viii_{1}) The function is bounded on .

In order to present the last assumption in a more transparent form, let us substitute in the integral appearing in assumption (viii_{1}). Then we get
Thus, the above condition concerning the local Lebesgue integrability of the function in conjunction with the above observation implies that we should put the following assumption in place of (viii_{1}). (viii_{2}) The function is Lebesgue integrable over .

It is well-known that the Lebesgue integrability of the function on the interval implies that the function (the indefinite integral of ) is absolutely continuous on (cf. [13, 17, 18]). This immediately implies that the function defined by (40) is uniformly continuous on .

Now, let us observe that the above formulated assumption (vi_{1}) connected with the Volterra-Wiener-Hopf integral equation (4) has rather inconvenient form and is not easy to verify in practice. Therefore, in our further investigations, we will utilize assumption (vi′) instead of assumption (vi). Obviously, assumption (vi′) will be adapted to the case of (4). To this end choose arbitrarily with . According to assumption (vi′) the function
should be nonincreasing on the interval . Taking into account that
we have to impose the condition requiring that the function
is nonincreasing on the interval .

Since the function (42) is absolutely continuous on the interval , by the well-known facts from the theory of real functions [18], this requirement can be expressed equivalently in the following form: for . Obviously this means that the function is nonincreasing on .

On the other hand any monotone function is Riemann integrable. Thus, assuming additionally that we conclude that is nonincreasing and bounded on . It is known [13] that in this case the function is Lipschitz continuous on . In other words, in such a situation, we have that the function is uniformly continuous on the interval .

Keeping in mind the above conducted considerations we can formulate the following result concerning the Volterra-Wiener-Hopf integral equation (4).

Theorem 11. *Assume that there are satisfied assumptions (i), (ii), and (iii) of Theorem 5. Moreover, we assume that the following conditions are satisfied.* (x) *The function is nonincreasing and integrable on .* (xi) *There exists a positive solution of the inequality
* *where
* *Then there exists at least one solution of (4) in the space which has a limit at infinity.*

Finally, let us mention that the result concerning the nonlinear integral equation (4) obtained in this section generalizes several ones which can be encountered in the literature (cf. [5, 19, 20], e.g.).

#### 4. Further Discussions and Examples

At the beginning of this section we intend to discuss some assumptions imposed on the terms of the integral equation of Volterra-Wiener-Hopf type (4) considered in the previous section.

Let us start with the requirement that the function transforms into itself and is nonincreasing on . Observe that in that case we allow the function to take negative values; that is, if we would assume that for , then we infer that is not integrable on and we obtain a contradiction with assumption (x).

Further on, let us notice that in our considerations connected with (6), assumption (vi′) can be replaced by the following one. (vi′′) For arbitrary such that the function is nondecreasing on the interval .

Indeed, in such a case, arguing similarly to the proof of Lemma 9 and Theorem 10, we can prove the following analogous results.

Lemma 12. *Under assumptions (vi′′) and (vii), for arbitrarily fixed , the function is nondecreasing on the interval .*

Theorem 13. *Suppose that the function satisfies assumptions (iv), (vi′′), and (vii). Then satisfies assumption (vi).*

Further, performing similar reasonings as at the end of Section 3, we can easily conclude that, in the case of Volterra-Wiener-Hopf equation (4), assumption (vi′′) is equivalent to the requirement that the function is nondecreasing on . This immediately yields that in order to ensure the integrability of the function over the interval we are forced to assume that .

Now, we are prepared to formulate other (nondecreasing) versions of Theorem 11.

Theorem 14. *Assume that there are satisfied assumptions (i), (ii), and (iii) of Theorem 5 and assumption (xi) of Theorem 11. Moreover, we assume that the following condition is satisfied.* (x′) *The function is nondecreasing and integrable on .**Then there exists at least one solution of (4) in the space which has a limit at infinity.*

Obviously, the proof of Theorem 14 runs in a similar way as the proof of Theorem 11.

In what follows let us pay our attention to the case of Volterra-Wiener-Hopf integral equation (4) considered on a bounded interval . This means that we consider the following integral equation of Volterra-Wiener-Hopf type: for , where is a given number.

Observe that in this case we can replace assumption (i) by the assumption requiring that and we can delete assumption (iii). Similarly we can modify and adapt suitable assumptions (iv) and (vii). Summing up, we can formulate the following result concerning equation (49) for .

Theorem 15. *Assume that the following hypotheses are satisfied:*(1)*;
*(2)* is continuous and there exists a function which is nondecreasing, , , and such that
for all and ;*(3)*the function is monotone on ;*(4)*there exists a positive solution of the inequality
where and .**Then there exists at least one solution of (49) in the space .*

Let us remark that the space denotes the classical Banach space consisting of real functions being continuous on the interval and endowed by the classical maximum norm.

In the remainder of this section we provide a few examples associated with the Volterra-Wiener-Hopf integral equation (4) considered on the real half-axis . At the beginning we present examples of functions satisfying requirement of Theorems 11 and 14.

*Example 1. *Let us take the function having the form
Obviously and the function is nonincreasing on the interval . Moreover, the function is integrable over and
Thus

*Example 2. *Consider the function . Observe that this function satisfies assumption (x) since it is decreasing and integrable on . Moreover, we have that
where is the constant defined by (48).

*Example 3. *Now, consider the function of the form
It is easy to check that is decreasing and integrable on the interval . Moreover, we have that

*Example 4. *Let us take into account the function defined by the formula
Obviously, we can easily verify that and is increasing on . Moreover, we have

In what follows we provide an example illustrating Theorem 11.

*Example 5. *Let us consider the Volterra-Wiener-Hopf integral equation having the form
Observe that (60) is a special case of (4) if we put
Let us verify that the terms involved in (60) satisfy the assumption of Theorem 11.

Indeed, the function satisfies assumption (i) and we have that . Obviously, the function defined by (63) is continuous on the set . To prove the second part of assumption (ii) we will use the following inequality:
(cf. [21]). Thus, in view of (64), we get
Hence we infer that the function satisfies assumption (ii) with the function . Obviously , is nondecreasing, and .

In order to check that the function satisfies assumption (iii) observe that

Applying the standard methods of differential calculus, we obtain

Next, in view of Example 1, we derive that the function given by (52) satisfies assumption (x) and .

Finally, let us consider inequality (47) which now has the following form:

Using the standard methods of mathematical analysis we can show that there exists a number belonging to the interval which satisfies the equation
Thus, this allows us to deduce that for any number there is satisfied inequality (68). For example, we can accept that .

Now, invoking Theorem 11, we infer that there exists at least one solution of (60) in the space which belongs to the ball and has a finite limit at infinity. Obviously the limit belongs to the interval .

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