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Existence and Stability of Solutions for Nonautonomous Stochastic Functional Evolution Equations

Journal of Inequalities and Applications20092009:785628

  • Received: 19 March 2009
  • Accepted: 2 June 2009
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We establish the results on existence and exponent stability of solutions for a semilinear nonautonomous neutral stochastic evolution equation with finite delay; the linear part of this equation is dependent on time and generates a linear evolution system. The obtained results are applied to some neutral stochastic partial differential equations. These kinds of equations arise in systems related to couple oscillators in a noisy environment or in viscoelastic materials under random or stochastic influences.


  • Exponential Stability
  • Mild Solution
  • Analytic Semigroup
  • Stochastic Partial Differential Equation
  • Stochastic Evolution Equation

1. Introduction

In this paper we study the existence and asymptotic behavior of mild solutions for the following neutral non-autonomous stochastic evolution equation with finite delay:

where generates a linear evolution system, or say linear evolution operator on a separable Hilbert space with the inner product and norm . ; and are given functions to be specified later.

In recent years, existence, uniqueness, stability, invariant measures, and other quantitative and qualitative properties of solutions to stochastic partial differential equations have been extensively investigated by many authors. One of the important techniques to discuss these topics is the semigroup approach; see, for example, Da Prato and Zabczyk [1], Dawson [2], Ichikawa [3], and Kotelenez [4]. In paper [5] Taniguchi et al have investigated the existence and asymptotic behavior of solutions for the following stochastic functional differential equation:


by using analytic semigroups approach and fractional power operator arguments. In this work as well as other related literatures like [69], the linear part of the discussed equation is an operator independent of time and generates a strongly continuous (one-parameter) semigroup or analytic semigroup so that the semigroup approach can be employed. We would also like to mention that some similar topics to the above for stochastic ordinary functional differential equations with finite delays have already been investigated successfully by various authors (cf. [6, 1013] and references in [14] among others). Related work on functional stochastic evolution equations of McKean-Vlasov type and of second-order are discussed in [15, 16].

However, it occurs very often that the linear part of (1.2) is dependent on time . Indeed, a lot of stochastic partial functional differential equations can be rewritten to semilinear non-autonomous equations having the form of (1.2) with . There exists much work on existence, asymptotic behavior, and controllability for deterministic non-autonomous partial (functional) differential equations with finite or infinite delays; see, for example, [1720]. But little is known to us for non-autonomous stochastic differential equations in abstract space, especially for the case that is a family of unbounded operators.

Our purpose in the present paper is to obtain results concerning existence, uniqueness, and stability of the solutions of the non-autonomous stochastic differential equations (1.1). A motivation example for this class of equations is the following non-autonomous boundary problem:
As stated in paper [21], these problems arise in systems related to couple oscillators in a noisy environment or in viscoelastic materials under random or stochastic influences (see also [22] for the discussion for the corresponding determined systems). Therefore, it is meaningful to deal with (1.1) to acquire some results applicable to problem (1.3). In paper [21], Caraballo et al. have, under coercivity condition in an integral form, investigated the second moment (almost sure) exponential stability and ultimate boundedness of solutions to the following non-autonomous semilinear stochastic delay equation:

on a Hilbert space , where with .

As we know, non-autonomous evolution equations are much more complicate than autonomous ones to be dealt with. Our approach here is inspired by the work in paper [5, 18, 19]. That is, we assume that is a family of unbounded linear operators on with (common) dense domain such that it generates a linear evolution system. Thus we will apply the theory of linear evolution system and fractional power operators methods to discuss existence, uniqueness, and ( ) moment exponential stability of mild solutions to the stochastic partial functional differential equation (1.1). Clearly our work can be regarded as extension and development of that in [5, 21] and other related papers mentioned above.

We will firstly in Section 2 introduce some notations, concepts, and basic results about linear evolution system and stochastic process. The existence and uniqueness of mild solutions are discussed in Section 3 by using Banach fixed point theorem. In Section 4, we investigate the exponential stability for the mild solutions obtained in Section 3, and the conditions for stability are somewhat weaker than in [5]. Finally, in Section 5 we apply the obtained results to (1.3) to illustrate the applications.

2. Preliminaries

In this section we collect some notions, conceptions, and lemmas on stochastic process and linear evolution system which will be used throughout the whole paper.

Let be a probability space on which an increasing and right continuous family of complete sub- -algebras of is defined. and are two separable Hilbert space. Suppose that is a given -valued Wiener Process with a finite trace nuclear covariance operator . Let , , be a sequence of real-valued one-dimensional standard Brownian motions mutually independent over . Set


where are nonnegative real numbers, and is a complete orthonormal basis in . Let be an operator defined by with finite trace . Then the above -valued stochastic process is called a -Wiener process.

Definition 2.1.

Let and define

If , then is called a -Hilbert-Schmidt operator, and let denote, the space of all -Hilbert-Schmidt operators .

In the next section the following lemma (see [1, Lemma  7.2]) plays an important role.

Lemma 2.2.

For any and for arbitrary -valued predictable process , , one has

for some constant .

Now we turn to state some notations and basic facts from the theory of linear evolution system.

Throughout this paper, is a family of linear operators defined on Hilbert space , and for this family we always impose on the following restrictions.

The domain of is dense in and independent of ; is closed linear operator.

For each , the resolvent exists for all with Re and there exists so that .

There exists and such that for all .

Under these assumptions, the family generates a unique linear evolution system, or called linear evolution operators , and there exists a family of bounded linear operators with such that has the representation


where denotes the analytic semigroup having infinitesimal generator (note that Assumption guarantees that generates an analytic semigroup on ).

For the linear evolution system , the following properties are well known:

(a) , the space of bounded linear transformations on , whenever and maps into as . For each , the mapping is continuous jointly in and ;

(b) for ;

(c) ;

(d) for .

We also have the following inequalities:


Furthermore, Assumptions imply that for each the integral


exists for each . The operator defined by (2.6) is a bounded linear operator and yields . Thus, we can define the fractional power as


which is a closed linear operator with dense in and for . becomes a Banach space endowed with the norm  , which is denoted by .

The following estimates and Lemma 2.3 are from ([23, Part II]):


for and , and


for some , where and indicate their dependence on the constants , .

Lemma 2.3.

Assume that hold. If , , , then, for any , ,

For more details about the theory of linear evolution system, operator semigroups, and fraction powers of operators, we can refer to [2325].

In the sequel, we denote for brevity that for some , and , the space of all continuous functions from into . Suppose that , , is a continuous -adapted, -valued stochastic process, we can associate with another process , , by setting , . Then we say that the process is generated by the process . Let , , denote the space of all -measurable functions which belong to ; that is, , , is the space of all -measurable -valued functions with the norm .

Now we end this section by stating the following result which is fundamental to the work of this note and can be proved by the similar method as that of [1, Proposition  4.15].

Lemma 2.4.

Let , be a predictable, -adapted process. If , , for arbitrary , and , , then there holds

3. Existence and Uniqueness

In this section we study the existence and uniqueness of mild solutions for (1.1). For this equation we assume that the following conditions hold (let ).

The function satisfies the following Lipschitz conditions: that is, there is a constant such that, for any and ,

and .

The function satisfies the following Lipschitz conditions: that is, there is a constant such that, for any and
For function , there exists a constant such that

for any and

Under and , we may suppose that there exists a constant such that


for any and .

Similar to the deterministic situation we give the following definition of mild solutions for (1.1).

Definition 3.1.

A continuous process is said to be a mild solution of (1.1) if

(i) is measurable and -adapted for each ;

(ii) , a.s.;

(iii) verifies the stochastic integral equation


on interval , and for .

Next we prove the existence and uniqueness of mild solutions for (1.1).

Theorem 3.2.

Let and . Suppose that the assumptions hold. Then there exists a unique (local) continuous mild solution to (1.1) for any initial value .


Denote by the Banach space of all the continuous processes which belong to the space with , where
Define the operator on :

Then it is clear that to prove the existence of mild solutions to (1.1) is equivalent to find a fixed point for the operator . Next we will show by using Banach fixed point theorem that has a unique fixed point. We divide the subsequent proof into three steps.

Step 1.

For arbitrary , is continuous on the interval in the -sense.

Let and be sufficiently small. Then for any fixed , we have that
Thus, by Lemma 2.3 we get
where satisfies that and are constant. From Condition it follows that
And by (2.8)–(2.10) one has that
where solves , and
where is very small. Since is uniformly continuous in for , and , where is any positive number (see [23, 25]), we deduce that
In a similar way, we have that
By virtue of Condition and by using Lemma 2.2, we infer that
Again by the uniform continuity of and (2.9) and (2.10), we can compute that

where .

The above arguments show that , and are all tend to as and , and also clearly tends to from Condition . Therefore, is continuous on the interval in the -sense.

Step 2.

We prove that .

To this end, let . Then we have that
Again by Lemma 2.3, we get that
By Condition one easily has
And (2.9) and (2.10) imply that
From the inequality
established in [26], it follows that
and . Thus,

where . Hence and so .

Step 3.

It remains to verify that is a contraction on .

Suppose that , , then for any fixed ,
Next, let
then there holds that

Then we can take a suitable sufficient small such that , and hence is a contraction on ( denotes with substituted by ). Thus, by the well-known Banach fixed point theorem we obtain a unique fixed point for operator , and hence is a mild solution of (1.1). This procedure can be repeated to extend the solution to the entire interval in finitely many similar steps, thereby completing the proof for the existence and uniqueness of mild solutions on the whole interval .

For the globe existence of mild solutions for (1.1), it is easy to prove the following result.

Theorem 3.3.

Suppose that the family satisfies on interval such that is defined for all . Let the functions , and satisfy the Assumptions respectively. Then there exists a unique, global, continuous solution to (1.1) for any initial value .


Since is arbitrary in the proof of the previous theorem, this assertion follows immediately.

4. Exponential Stability

Now, we consider the stability result of mild solutions to (1.1). For this purpose we need to assume further that the family verifies additionally the following.

, and there exists a closed operator with bounded inverse and domain such that
as . Then the following inequalities are true:

for all (see [23, 25]).

Theorem 4.1.

Let the functions , , satisfy the Lipschitz conditions , respectively. Furthermore, assume that there exist nonnegative real numbers and continuous functions with ( ), , such that
for any mild solution of (1.1). If the constants and are small enough such that with determined by (4.13) below, then the solution is (the th moment) exponentially stable. In other words, there exist positive constants and such that, for each ,


Let be a mild solution of (1.1), then
For we have that
with satisfying . Then,
Since, by Lemma 2.2,
and the Young inequality enables us to get immediately that
Therefore, combining the above estimates yields that
Now, Taking arbitrarily with and large enough, we obtain that
Substituting (4.15) into (4.14) gives that
Since can be small enough by assumption, it is possible to choose a suitable with such that
Hence letting in (4.16) yields that
On the other hand, from the deduction of (4.12) it is not difficult to see that it also holds with substituted by , that is,
then it follows from (4.18) and (4.19) that (note the conditions for )

which is our desired inequality. Then the proof is completed.

We also have the following result for almost surely exponential stability.

Theorem 4.2.

Suppose that all the conditions of Theorem 4.1 are satisfied. Then the solution is almost surely exponentially stable. Moreover, there exists a positive constant such that


The proof is similar to that of [5, Theorem  3.3] and we omit it.

5. Examples

Now we apply the results obtained above to consider the following non-autonomous stochastic functional differential equation with finite delay (i.e. , (1.3).

Example 5.1.

We have

where , is a continuous function and is uniformly Hölder continuous in (with exponent ) and satisfies that as . Let and , denote a one-dimensional standard Brownian motion.

We define the operators by
with the domain

Then generates an evolution operator satisfying assumptions (see [23]). Set for some and .

In order to discuss the system (5.1), we also need the following assumptions on functions and .

The functions , are continuous and global Lipschitz continuous in the second variable.

There exist real numbers and continuous functions such that


where , satisfy that , for some small enough ( ).

Now we can define , and as

Then it is not difficult to verify that and satisfy the conditions , and , respectively, due to Assumptions , , since, by the embody property of (also see [25, Corollary  2.6.11]), for some constant . Hence we have, by Theorems 3.3 and 4.1, the following.

Theorem 5.2.

Let and . Suppose that all the above assumptions are satisfied. Then for the stochastic system (5.1) there exists a global mild solution , and it is exponentially stable provided that and are small enough.

We present another system for which the linear evolution is given explicitly, and so all the coefficients for the conditions of the obtained results can be estimated properly.

Example 5.3.

We have

where is a positive function and is Hölder continuous in with parameter . , and are as in Example 5.1, and .

Let , . is defined by
with the domain
Then it is not difficult to verify that generates an evolution operator satisfying assumptions and
where is the compact analytic semigroup generated by the operator with for . It is easy to compute that has a discrete spectrum, and the eigenvalues are , with the corresponding normalized eigenvectors . Thus for , there holds
and clearly the common domain coincides with that of the operator . Furthermore, We may define ( ) for self-adjoint operator by the classical spectral theorem, and it is easy to deduce that
on the domain . Particularly,
Therefore, we have that, for each ,
for , . And

which shows that for .

Now we define as above and

for all and any . Thus (5.6) has the form (1.1). Thus we can easily obtain its existence and stability of mild solutions for (5.6) by Theorems 3.3 and 4.1 under some proper conditions.



The author would like to thank the referees very much for their valuable suggestions to this paper. This work is supported by the NNSF of China (no. 10671069), NSF of Shanghai (no. 09ZR1408900), and Shanghai Leading Academic Discipline Project (no. B407).

Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Mathematics, East China Normal University, Shanghai, 200241, China


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