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Journal of Applied Mathematics
Volume 2015, Article ID 730672, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/730672
Research Article

Almost Periodic Time Scales and Almost Periodic Functions on Time Scales

Department of Mathematics, Yunnan University, Kunming, Yunnan 650091, China

Received 24 October 2014; Revised 13 December 2014; Accepted 15 December 2014

Academic Editor: Allan C. Peterson

Copyright © 2015 Yongkun Li and Bing Li. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

We propose some new concepts of almost periodic time scales and almost periodic functions on time scales and give some basic properties of these new types of almost periodic time scales and almost periodic functions on time scales. We also give some comments on a recent paper by Wang and Agarwal (2014) concerning a new almost periodic time scale.

1. Introduction

The theory of almost periodic functions was introduced in the literature around 1924–1926 by Bohr [1]. The notion of almost periodicity, which generalizes the concept of periodicity, plays a crucial role in various fields including harmonic analysis, physics, and dynamical systems. On the other hand, the theory of time scales, which was introduced by Hilger [2] in order to unify continuous and discrete analysis, has recently received lots of attention. The field of dynamic equations on time scale contains links and extends the classical theory of differential and difference equations.

In order to study the almost periodic dynamic equations on time scales, a concept of almost periodic time scales was proposed in [3]. Based on this concept, almost periodic functions [3], pseudo almost periodic functions [4], almost automorphic functions [5], weighted pseudo almost automorphic functions [6], and weighted piecewise pseudo almost automorphic functions [7] on time scales were defined successively. Also, some works have been done under the concept of almost periodic time scales (see [811]). Although the concept of almost periodic time scales in [3] can unify the the continuous and discrete situations effectively, it is very restrictive in the sense that it only comprises of time scale, , for which the graininess function, , is constant (or piecewise constant). This excludes many interesting time scales. Therefore, it is a challenging and important problem in theories and applications to find a new concept of periodic time scales.

Recently, Wang and Agarwal [12] have constructed an almost periodic time scale and given a redefined concept of almost periodic functions under the sense of this timescale concept. We argue that the definition of this almost periodic time scale contains some vagueness. In order to remove the vagueness, our main purpose of this paper is to propose some new concepts of almost periodic time scales and almost periodic functions on time scales and give some basic properties of these new types of almost periodic time scales and almost periodic functions on time scales. Based on these new types of almost periodic time scales and almost periodic functions on time scales, one can further study pseudo almost periodic functions, almost automorphic functions, weighted pseudo almost periodic functions, and weighted pseudo almost automorphic functions on time scales and the existence problems of these functional classes solutions to dynamic equations on time scales; in particular, one can study the existence of almost periodic solutions to population models, neural networks on time scales and so on.

2. Preliminaries

In this section, we shall first recall some basic definitions which are used in what follows.

Let be a nonempty closed subset (time scale) of . The forward and backward jump operators and the graininess are defined, respectively, by

A point is called left-dense if and , left-scattered if , right-dense if and , and right-scattered if .

A function is right-dense continuous provided it is continuous at right-dense point in and its left-side limits exist at left-dense points in . If is continuous at each right-dense point and each left-dense point, then is said to be a continuous function on .

For more knowledge of time scales, one can refer to [13].

Throughout this paper, denotes or , denotes an open set in or , denotes an arbitrary compact subset of .

Definition 1 (see [14]). A subset of is called relatively dense if there exists a positive number such that for all . The number is called the inclusion length.

Definition 2 (see [3]). A time scale is called an almost periodic time scale if

Definition 3 (see [3]). Let be an almost periodic time scale. A function is called an almost periodic function in uniformly for if the -translation set of is a relatively dense set in for all and for each compact subset of ; that is, for any given and each compact subset of , there exists a constant such that each interval of length contains a such that is called the -translation number of and and is called the inclusion length of .

Remark 4. Definition 3 requires that the inequality (4) holds for all . It is a very restrictive condition.

Let be a number; set the time scales: Authors of [12] defined the distance between two time scales and by Then, they gave the following two definitions.

Definition 5 (see [12]). We say is an almost periodic time scale if, for any given , there exists a constant such that each interval of length contains a such that that is, for any , the following set is relatively dense.

Definition 6 (see [12]). Let be an almost periodic time scale. A function is called an almost periodic function in uniformly for if the -translation set of is a relatively dense set for all and for each compact subset of ; that is, for any given and each compact subset of , there exists a constant such that each interval of length contains a such that is called the -translation number of and and is called the inclusion length of .

We comment that(i)Definition 5 is very vague because one does not know how to calculate (6). For example, what are the ? Since if the in and the in are the same, then according to (6), we have In this case, by Definition 5, the set can not be relatively dense. If the in and the in are different, what is the relation between these two ’s?(ii)Definition 6 is not well defined because may be an empty set. For example, if we take and , , then . But is relatively dense since for every , there exists a , where , with .

3. Almost Periodic Time Scales

In order to remove the vagueness of Definition 5 and rule out the situation that may be empty set in Definition 5, we give the following definitions.

Definition 7. Let and be two time scales, we define where and . Let and be a time scale; we define where , , and .

From Definition 7 and noticing that time scales are closed subsets of , we have the following.

Lemma 8. Let and be two time scales; then if and only if .

Definition 9. A time scale is called an almost periodic time scale if for every , there exists a constant such that each interval of length contains a such that and that is, for any , the following set is relatively dense. is called the -translation number of and is called the inclusion length of .

Obviously, if is an almost periodic time scale, then and , if is a periodic time scale (see [15]), then ; that is, .

Lemma 10. Let be an almost periodic time scale; then (i)if , then for all ;(ii)if , then ;(iii)if , then and ;(iv)if , then .

Proof. (i), (ii), and (iii) are trivial; we only prove (iv). If , then that is, . The proof is complete.

Lemma 11. Let be an almost periodic time scale; then, there exists a sequence such that as . Hence, .

Proof. For each , take ; then, The proof is complete.

For convenience, we introduce some notations. Let and be two sequences. Then, means that is a subsequence of ; ; ; and and are common subsequences of and , respectively, meaning that and for some given function .

Theorem 12. Let be an almost periodic time scale; then, for any given sequence , there exist a subsequence such that converges to some time scale ; that is, for any given , there exists such that implies . Furthermore, is also an almost periodic time scale.

Proof. For any , let be an inclusion length of . For any given sequence , we denote , where , , and , . Therefore, there exists a subsequence such that as , .
Also, it follows from Definition 9 that there exists such that if and ; then,
Since is a convergent sequence, there exists so that implies . Now, one can take , such that common with , then for any integers , we have that is Hence, we can obtain Thus, we can take sequences , , and such that for any integers , the following holds: For all sequences , , we can take a sequence , , then it is easy to see that for any integers with ; the following holds: Therefore, converges to some , where , which is a closed subset of , that is, as .
Finally, for any given , one can take ; then, the following holds: Let ; we have which implies that is relatively dense. Therefore, is an almost periodic time scale. This completes the proof.

Theorem 13. Let be a time scale; if for any sequence , there exists such that every and converges to a time scale ; then, is also an almost periodic time scale.

Proof. For contradiction, if this is not true, then there exists such that for any sufficiently large , we can find an interval with length of and there is no -translation numbers of in this interval; that is, every point in this interval is not in .
One can take a number and find an interval with , where such that there is no -translation numbers of in this interval. Next, taking , obviously, , so ; then, one can find an interval with , where such that there are no -translation numbers of in this interval. Next, taking , obviously, . One can repeat these processes again and again; one can find , such that , . Hence, for any , , without loss of generality; letting , we have Therefore, there is no convergent subsequence of ; this is a contradiction. Thus, is almost periodic time scale. This completes the proof.

Theorem 14. Let be an almost periodic time scale; then, for any , there exists a constant such that each interval of length contains a such that

Proof. For any and , if is right dense, then there exist such that If there exists a subsequence of such that ; then, and ; that is, is also right dense. In this case, we have , . If has no subsequences contained in , then, since , there exists a sequence such that Hence, and , that is, is right dense. In this case, we also have , .
On the other hand, if is right scattered, then there exists an such that . If , then and If , then, since , there exists an such that and . Thus, . Thus, By the definition of forward jump operator, we know that ; then, . Again, by the definition of forward jump operator, we have Equations (32), (33), and (34) imply that inequality (29) holds. Since is relatively dense, the conclusion of the theorem is true. The proof is complete.

By Theorem 14 and the definitions of the graininess function and , we have the following.

Corollary 15. Let be an almost periodic time scale; then, for any , we have that is relatively dense.

4. Almost Periodic Functions on Time Scales

Let be an almost time scale; then, we give a definition of almost periodic functions on .

Definition 16. Let be an almost periodic time scale. A function is called an almost periodic function in uniformly for if the -translation set of is relatively dense for all and for each compact subset of ; that is, for any given and each compact subset of , there exists a constant such that each interval of length contains a such that is called the -translation number of and is called the inclusion length of .

In the following, we denote , where .

Theorem 17. Let be almost periodic in uniformly for ; then, it is uniformly continuous and bounded on if .

Proof. For a given and some compact set , there exists a constant such that in any interval of length , there exists such that for all . Since , for any , there exists an such that . For any given , take . Then, . Thus, for , we have Hence, for all .
Moreover, for any , let be an inclusion length of . We can find a proper point such that is uniformly continuous on . Hence, there exists a positive constant , for any and , Now, we choose arbitrary , satisfying , and we take Then, . Thus, Therefore, for , we have So, is uniformly continuous on . The proof is complete.

Remark 18. From Theorem 17, we see that almost periodic functions under Definition 16 may not be bounded on , so Theorem 3.5 of [12] should assume that is a bounded function and in the proof of Theorem 3.5 of [12], should be assumed to be the space formed by all bounded almost periodic functions on an almost periodic time scale .

For convenience, we introduce the translation operator ; means that and is written only when the limit exists. The mode of convergence, for example, pointwise, uniform, and so forth, will be specified at each use of the symbol.

Theorem 19. Let be almost periodic in uniformly for ; then, for any given sequence , there exist a subsequence and such that holds uniformly on and if for , then is almost periodic in uniformly for , where .

Proof. For any and , let be an inclusion length of . For any given subsequence , we denote , where , , and , (in fact, for any interval with length of , there exists ; thus, we can choose a proper interval with length of such that ; from the definition of , it is easy to see that ). Therefore, there exists a subsequence such that as , .
Also, it follows from Theorem 24 that is uniformly continuous on . Hence, there exists so that , for , implies
Since is a convergent sequence, there exists so that implies . Now, one can take such that common with , then, for any integers and , we have that is Hence, we can obtain
Thus, we can take sequences , , and such that, for any integers , and all , the following holds: For all sequences , , we can take a sequence , , then it is easy to see that for any integers with and all , the following holds: Therefore, converges uniformly on ; that is, holds uniformly on , where .
Next, we will prove that is continuous on . If this is not true, there must exist such that is not continuous at this point. Then, there exist and sequences , , , where , as , and Letting , obviously, is a compact subset of . Hence, there exists positive integer so that implies According to the uniform continuity of on , for sufficiently large , we have From (52)-(53), we get this contradicts (51). Therefore, is continuous on .
Finally, for any compact set and given , one can take , then for all , the following holds: Let , for all , we have which implies that is relatively dense. Therefore, is almost periodic in uniformly for . This completes the proof.

Theorem 20. Let , if for any sequence , there exists such that exists uniformly on , then is almost periodic in uniformly for .

Proof. For contradiction, if this is not true, then there exist and such that for any sufficiently large , we can find an interval with length of and there is no -translation numbers of in this interval, that is, every point in this interval is not in .
One can take a number and find an interval with , where such that there are no -translation numbers of in this interval. Next, taking , obviously, , so ; then, one can find an interval with , where such that there is no -translation numbers of in this interval. Next, taking , obviously, . One can repeat these processes again and again, one can find , such that , . Hence, for any , , without loss of generality, lettting , for we have Therefore, there is no uniformly convergent subsequence of for ; this is a contradiction. Thus, is almost periodic in uniformly for . This completes the proof.

Based on Theorems 19 and 20, and Remark 18, we give the following definition of uniformly almost periodic functions.

Definition 21. Let , if for any given sequence , there exists a subsequence such that exists uniformly on , then is called an almost periodic function in uniformly for .

Definition 22. Let be an almost periodic time scale. For any , we define where satisfies that and .

Based on Definition 22, we give a definition of almost periodic functions on time scales.

Definition 23. Let be an almost periodic time scale. A function is called an almost periodic function in uniformly for if the -translation set of is relatively dense for all and for each compact subset of ; that is, for any given and each compact subset of , there exists a constant such that each interval of length contains a such that is called the -translation number of and and is called the inclusion length of .

Under sense of Definition 23, we have the following.

Theorem 24. Let be almost periodic in uniformly for ; then, for any , it is uniformly continuous and bounded on .

Proof. For a given and some compact set , there exists a constant such that in any interval of length , there exists such that Since , for any , where , there exists an such that . For any given , take . Then, ; thus, for , we have Therefore, for all , we have .
Moreover, for any , let be an inclusion length of . We can find a proper point . Since is uniformly continuous on , there exists a positive constant , for any and , Choose arbitrary , satisfying , and take then, , so Therefore, for , we have The proof is complete.

Finally, we give a very general definition of almost periodic time scales that can support almost periodic functions defined by Definitions 16, 21, and 22 as follows.

Definition 25. A time scale is called an almost periodic time scale if is relatively dense in , where or .

Remark 26. Obviously, if is an almost periodic time scale, then and . If is an almost periodic time scale under Definitions 2 and 9, then is also an almost periodic time scale under Definition 25, but not vice versa. For example, is an almost periodic time scale under Definition 25, but it is not an almost periodic time scale under Definitions 2 and 9.

Remark 27. In this paper, we have proposed several new types of almost periodic time scales and almost periodic functions on time scales, but we can only establish a few of their properties. In order to study the almost periodic solutions of dynamic equations, we still have many problems to be solved. For example, we need to establish the hull theory of almost periodic functions and the theory of exponential dichotomy to linear dynamic equations on those new types of almost periodic time scales and so on.

Conflict of Interests

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

Acknowledgments

The authors are deeply grateful to the reviewers for their careful reading of this paper and helpful comments, which have been very useful for improving the quality of this paper. This work is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant 11361072.

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