We investigate the existence of solutions for a Caputo fractional difference equation boundary value problem. We use Schauder fixed point theorem to deduce the existence of solutions. The proofs are based upon the theory of discrete fractional calculus. We also provide some examples to illustrate our main results.

1. Introduction

The theory of fractional difference equations and their applications have been receiving intensive attention. In the last ten years, new research achievements kept emerging (see [116] and the references therein). In [13], the authors introduced fractional sum and difference operators, studied their behavior, and developed a complete theory governing their compositions. Abdeljawad [3] considered the initial value problem to Caputo fractional difference equation. The authors explored BVP of fractional difference equation, and they deduced the existence of one or more positive solutions in [47]. Abdeljawad and Baleanu [8] introduced the fractional differences and integration by parts. In [9] the authors studied the stability of discrete nonautonomous systems within the frame of the Caputo fractional difference by using Lyapunov’s direct method. They discussed the conditions for uniform stability, uniform asymptotic stability, and uniform global stability.

In [10, 11], the authors studied multiple solutions to fractional difference boundary value problems by means of Krasnosel’skii theorem and Schauder fixed point theorem. They obtained sufficient conditions of the existence of two positive solutions for the boundary value problem of fractional difference equations depending on parameters in [12]. Chen et al. [13] presented the existence of at least one positive solution for Caputo fractional boundary value problems. In [14], Kang et al. discussed existence of positive solutions for a system of Caputo fractional difference equations depending on parameters on the basis of [13].

Recently, Wu and Baleanu introduced some applications of the Caputo fractional difference to discrete chaotic maps in [15, 16]. Thus, the fractional difference equation has recently attracted increasing attention from a growing number of researchers.

Following this trend, we investigate the following boundary value problem of fractional difference equation (FBVP): where , , is an integer. is continuous and is not identically zero, , and is the standard Caputo difference.

The reason for studying (1) is that, in [13], Chen et al. studied similar FBVP (1) by using the cone fixed point theorem. In this note, we consider existence of solutions to FBVP (1) by using Schauder theorem. Here, the nonnegative function is not necessary, but is nonnegative in [13]. We extend the domain of .

This paper is organized as follows. Section 1 introduces the developing of fractional difference equations in a simple way. We present some necessary definitions and lemmas in Section 2. In Section 3, we prove existence of solution to FBVP (1). Finally, we provide some examples to illustrate our main results.

2. Preliminaries

We first introduce some theory about fractional sums and differences. The definitions and some basic results about fractional sums and differences can be seen in [17], so we omit their proof.

Definition 1 (see [3]). For any and , one defines for which the right-hand side is defined. One appeals to the convention that if is a pole of the Gamma function and is not a pole, then .

Definition 2 (see [3]). The th fractional sum of a function is for and One also defines the th Caputo fractional difference for by where

Lemma 3 (see [3]). Assume that and is defined on domains , then where , , and

Lemma 4 (see [13]). Let and be given. Then the solution of FBVP,is given by where Green’s function is defined by

Remark 5. Notice that , . could be extended to , so we only discuss

Lemma 6 (see [13]). The Green function has the following properties:(i), (ii), Let It is clear that is a Banach space with the norm Now consider the operator defined bywhere , is continuous, and is not identically zero. It is easy to see that is a solution of FBVP (1) if and only if is a fixed point of .

Lemma 7 (see [17] (Schauder fixed point theorem)). Suppose that is a Banach space. Let be a bounded closed convex set of , and let be a complete continuous operator. Then has at least one fixed point in .

3. Main Results

In this section, we give the main result of this paper. We will prove this result by using Schauder fixed point theorem and provide some examples to illustrate our main results.

For the sake of convenience, we write out the conditions as follows:There exists a nonnegative function and a constant such that , where , , where ,

Theorem 8. Let be a continuous function. Suppose that one of conditions and is satisfied. Then FBVP (1) has at least one solution.

Proof. First, suppose that condition is satisfied. Let where Obviously is the ball in the Banach space.
Now we prove that . For any , then As it follows that Hence, Namely,
Second, let condition be valid. Choose Repeating the course of the above, we obtain Consequently, we get . By means of the continuity of and , it is easy to see that operator is continuous. Next, we show that is a completely continuous operator. For this, we take For any , let such that ; then Since functions , are uniformly continuous on interval , we conclude that is an equicontinuous set. Obviously, it is uniformly bounded since Thus, we know is completely continuous.
Consequently, it follows at once by Schauder fixed point theorem that has a fixed point ; namely, is a solution of (1). The theorem is proved.

Remark 9. In this paper, is only continuous function, without nonnegative assumptions on function

Remark 10. If in , we need condition At this moment, choose

If in , we only need condition Then the conclusion of Theorem 8 remains true.

Example 11. Consider the following Caputo fractional difference boundary value problem: where , , Since then , , and . At this moment, we take . The condition of in Theorem 8 is satisfied. Applying Theorem 8, FBVP (20) has at least one solution , and .

Example 12. Consider the following Caputo fractional difference boundary value problem: where and , , and As then , , and At this moment, we take The condition of in Theorem 8 is satisfied. Applying Theorem 8, FBVP (22) has at least one solution , and .

Conflict of Interests

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.


The authors are very grateful to the referee for her/his valuable suggestions. This paper is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant no. 11271235) and Shanxi Datong University Institute (2013K5).