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On a new measure on fractals


Fractals are sets whose Hausdorff dimension strictly exceeds their topological dimension. The algorithmic Riemannian-like method, F α -calculus, has been suggested very recently. Henstock-Kurzweil integral is the generalized Riemann integral method by using the gauge function. In this paper we generalize the F α -calculus as a fractional local calculus that is more suitable to describe some physical process. We introduce the new measure using the gauge function on fractal sets that gives a finer dimension in comparison with the Hausdorff and box dimension. Hilbert F α -spaces are defined. We suggest the self-adjoint F α -differential operator so that it can be applied in the fractal quantum mechanics and on the fractal curves.

1 Introduction

Fractal geometry is used to describe real objects such as trees, lightning, river meanders and coastlines. We known that the Euclidean geometry is the approximate geometry applied in the real world. In the sense of Mandelbrot, a fractal set is the one whose Hausdorff dimension strictly exceeds the topological dimension [14]. Therefore, the calculus on fractals leads to better understanding the description of various real world models from science and engineering. Researchers have constructed analysis on fractals by using different approaches. For example, the fractional calculus has been applied to explain the supper- and sub-diffusion in physics as well as many other non-local phenomena. The fractional derivatives are non-local and they have memory property [58]. Recently, the fractional local calculus has been defined and applied in various fields [913]. The calculus on fractals which is Riemannian-like was suggested in [14, 15]. Meanwhile, it was generalized and applied in Newtonian, Lagrange and Hamilton mechanics. The Maxwell and the Schrödinger equations were expanded on fractal imbedding in R 3 [1619]. Moreover, the measure theoretical approaches were used to create a calculus on fractals [20, 21]. In recent years, the calculus on fractals became an interesting and powerful tool for researchers. Taking into account the motivation presented above, in this manuscript we suggest a new measure on fractals. The relative extrema in F α -calculus are discussed. The Hilbert F α -spaces and F α -self-adjoint differential operator are defined.

The plan of the paper is given below.

In Section 2 we review the definitions of measurable sets and Hausdorff measure. In Section 3 a new measure on fractal sets is introduced. We introduce the relative extrema condition of the F α -calculus in Section 4 . Section 5 presents the Hilbert spaces in an F α -space. In Section 6 the F α -self-adjoint differential operator is defined. Section 7 is devoted to conclusions.

2 Preliminaries

As it is known, measure theory extends the concept of length for an arbitrary subset of the real line. Thus, a measure is the generalization of the concepts of length, area and volume [23]. Lebesgue introduced a measure that leads to a calculus on R n . In this section we review the basic tools used in this paper. Firstly, we recall the definition of measurable sets such as Borel sets. Secondly, the Hausdorff measure is reviewed so that it is useful for analysis on fractals [23]. We notice that the Lebesgue measure is zero on the Cantor set as a fractal subset of the real line. More details about this subject can be found in the papers [915].

2.1 Measurable sets

Let R and P(R) be all subsets or a power set of R. Boolean algebra of the sets in P(R) has the following conditions [2, 3, 22, 23]:

  1. (I)


  2. (II)

    AR A c =RAR,

  3. (III)


where are subsets of a set P(R). An algebra is σ-algebra if it is closed under countable union of sets.

μ is a measure on if for a number of subsets of , we have

μ(A)μ(B)if AB.

If A 1 , A 2 , is a countable sequence of sets, thus

μ ( i = 1 ) i = 1 μ( A i )

equality is for the disjoint Borel sets.

2.2 Hausdorff measure

Suppose that the (R,ρ) is a metric space and KR, thus the diameter of K is [2, 3, 22, 23]

diamK:=sup { ρ ( x , y ) | x , y K } .

Consider Z to be a subset of R, then we conclude that

H δ d (Z)=inf { i = 1 ( diam K i ) d : i = 1 K i Z , diam K i < δ } ,

where δ>0 and infimum is upon all countable covers of Z with the condition K i R and diam K i <δ. The H δ d (S) is decreasing, so lim δ 0 H δ d (S) exists. Then the following

H d (S):= sup δ > 0 H δ d (S)= lim δ 0 H δ d (S)

is called Hausdorff measure on fractal sets [2, 3, 22, 23]. In this definition, the covering sets can be open or closed, and they will yield the same measure.

2.3 Generalized Hausdorff measure

We review the fractional measure introduced on fractional sets [9, 10].

The fractional sets are defined as follows:

N α = { 1 α , 2 α , } , Z α = { 0 α , ± 1 α , ± 2 α , } , Q α = { m α = ( p q ) α : p , q Z q 0 } , 0 < α < 1 , α = { m α ( p q ) α : p , q Z q 0 } , 0 < α < 1 , R α = α Q α .

The diameter of a non-empty fractional set E, the subset of a fractional set, is given by

|E|:=sup { | x y | α , x α , y α E } .

If { F i } is a countable collection of subsets of R α such as E i = 1 d F i and 0<| F i |< δ α , then { F i } is δ α -cover sets [9, 10]. The α-dimensional generalized Hausdorff measure is suggested as follows:

H α (E)= lim δ α 0 inf { i = 1 | F i | : F i  is  δ α  cover of  E } .

In the following sections, we present the main results of our manuscript.

3 A new measure on fractals

In this section we write the definition of a flag function. By using the gauge function, the generalized mass function is defined so that it can be used for a wider class of functions on fractal sets. Let F be a subset of the real line and a fractal. The flag function for a set F has the form

θ(F,I)={ 1 if  F I , 0 otherwise ,

where I=[a,b] denotes an interval in R, and P={ I i ,i=1,,n}= { I i } i = 1 n is a tagged partition [22, 23]. Let δ(t) be a gauge function on I. So, we say that P ˙ is δ(t)-fine if

I i [ t i δ ( t i ) , t i + δ ( t i ) ] .

Let us assume that I=[a,b] is a nonempty compact interval.

Let F be a subset of I=[a,b]. Let P ˙ be a δ-fine partition. σ α [F,I] is defined as

σ α [F,I]= i = 1 n ( x i x i 1 ) α Γ ( α + 1 ) θ ( F , [ x i 1 , x i ] ) ,

where a<b and 0<α1.

Given the gauge δ(t) on I=[a,b] and a<b, let P ˙ be a δ-fine partition. The coarse grained mass γ δ α (F,a,b) of F[a,b] is given by

γ δ ( t ) α (F,a,b)= inf | P ˙ | < sup { δ ( t i ) ; t i [ x i 1 , x i ] } σ α [F,I],

where | P ˙ |= max 1 i n ( x i x i 1 ). We take the infimum over all δ-fine partitions of I.

The mass function γ α (F,a,b) is defined as follows:

γ α (F,a,b)= lim sup { δ ( t i ) : t i [ x i 1 , x i ] } 0 γ δ ( t ) α (F,a,b).

γ δ α is increasing with δ, then we can define [19, 22, 23]

γ 0 α (F,a,b)= lim sup { δ ( t i ) ; t i [ x i 1 , x i ] } 0 γ δ ( t ) α (F,a,b),

if it exists. We mention that γ 0 α is not a measure because countable additivity fails. We define the new measure arising from the gauge function and denote it by G α (F,a,b). Let γ α (F,a,b) be a set of functions over Borel sets FR as

G α (F,a,b)=inf { i = 1 γ 0 α ( F i , a , b ) F i = 1 F i } ,

where F i are countable closed covers of the set F. Here, we are taking infimum over all closed covers of F. Now, as a measure G α (F,a,b), we check the properties as follows.

Properties Now, we check all the properties for the new measure, namely:

(1) It is clear that the measure of a null set is zero. Since γ δ α (,a,b)=0, then G α (,a,b)=0.

(2) If AB and B n N E n , where E n is a measurable set, then the set A is also A n N E n . Subsequently, we have

γ δ α (A,a,b) γ δ α (B,a,b).

Therefore we conclude that

G α (A,a,b) G α (B,a,b).

(3) Now, we demonstrate that if A= i N A i , where A i is a sequence of measurable sets, then G α (A,a,b) i = 1 G α ( A i ,a,b).

Proof If i = 1 G α ( A i ,a,b) diverges, then there is nothing to prove. So, we assume that i = 1 G α ( A i ,a,b)<. Let ϵ>0, then for each i there exist sets E n i , nN, such that A i n = 1 E n i and

n = 1 γ 0 α ( E n i ,a,b)< G α ( A i ,a,b)+ϵ/ 2 i .

Since A i n E n i , we have

G α ( A , a , b ) i n γ 0 α ( E n i , a , b ) < i ( G α ( A i , a , b ) + ϵ 2 i ) = i G α ( A i , a , b ) + ϵ .

Since this holds for any ϵ>0, therefore we obtain

G α (A,a,b) i = 1 G α ( A i ,a,b).

(4) If { A i } is a countable family of disjoint measurable sets such that A= i A i , then

G α ( i A i , a , b ) = i G α ( A i ,a,b).

Proof Let A 1 , A 2 ,, A n be disjoint measurable sets. Noticing that the set A 1 is measurable, if one picks out a test set as T= A 1 A 2 A n , therefore, we have

G α ( A 1 ,a,b)+ G α ( A 2 A 3 ,, A n ,a,b)= G α ( A 1 A 2 A n ,a,b).

Recalling that A 2 is measurable, by choosing a test set T= A 2 A 3 A n , we have

G α ( A 2 ,a,b)+ G α ( A 3 A 4 ,, A n ,a,b)= G α ( A 2 A 3 A n ,a,b).

In a finite number of steps, we conclude that

G α ( i n A i , a , b ) = i = 1 n G α ( A i ,a,b).

Notice that { A i } is a countable family of disjoint measurable sets. For each n, we have

G α ( i A i , a , b ) G α ( i n A i , a , b ) = i = 1 n G α ( A i ,a,b).

Hence, we obtain the following inequality:

G α ( i A i , a , b ) i = 1 G α ( A i ,a,b).

In view of (14)-(18), the proof is complete. □

Finally, we define β-dimension as it is given below

dim β F=inf { α : G α ( F , a , b ) = 0 } =sup { α : G α ( F , a , b ) = } .

4 Relative extrema in F α -calculus

In the rest of the paper, we generalize the F α -calculus on a fractal subset of the real-line [14]. We recall that the extrema of a function are the values that the function is either maximum or minimum. Suppose that f:IR and Sch(f) contained in F, which is α-perfect [14], is said to have a relative maximum / relative minimum at cI if there exists a neighborhood V= V δ (c) of c such that f(x)f(c) [respectively f(c)f(x)] for all x in V δ F. We say that f has a relative extremum at cI if it has either a relative maximum or a relative minimum at c [19].

Analogue of Fermat’s theorem in Fα$F^{\alpha }$-calculus Let f:IR be a function such that Sch(f) is contained in F which is an α-perfect set. Suppose that cI is a relative extrema of f. If f is F α -differentiable at c, then D F α f(x)=0 [14].

Proof Let c be a relative maximum. Then there is δ>0 such that V δ (c)=(cδ,c+δ)I for all x V δ F, we have f(x)f(c).

If D F α f(x)>0 so that there exists a neighborhood V δ (c)I such that

f ( x ) f ( c ) S F α ( x ) S F α ( c ) >0for x V δ F.

If x V δ F and x>c, then we have

f(x)f(c)= ( S F α ( x ) S F α ( c ) ) f ( x ) f ( c ) S F α ( x ) S F α ( c ) >0.

However, this contradicts that f has a relative maximum at c. Therefore, we cannot have D F α f(x)>0. Similarly, we cannot have D F α f(x)<0. Hence, we must have D F α f(x)=0. □

Remark A similar proof applies if c is a relative minimum.

5 Hilbert spaces in F α -calculus

The Hilbert space is a vector space equipped with inner product such that every Cauchy sequence has limit that belongs to the vector space. In most cases in the quantum mechanics, we need to construct the Hilbert spaces. Therefore, in this section, we introduce the analogues of Hilbert spaces on a fractal set subset of the real line [14, 19]. Consider the space of functions, f:[a,b]R and Sch(f) is an α-perfect set[14]. Thus, we have the following:

a b |f(x) | 2 d F α x<.

This space is called a square F α -integrable function and it is denoted by L 2 α . If f,g L 2 α , then af+bg L 2 α , where a,bR. L 2 α is a complete vector space. We introduce the inner product in an F α -space as

f|g= a b f(x)g(x) d F α x,

where f,g L 2 α . This inner product gives us a positive definite norm for each vector such that

f= [ f | f ] 1 / 2 ,

f=0 if only if f=0. A distance between two functions is given by


This inherits from the metric space L 2 α since this metric space is complete with respect to the metric defined in Eq. (28). Accordingly, L 2 α is an F α -Hilbert space, which will also be denoted by H α . A system of functions { f n (x)} in H α is said to be an orthogonal system if

a b f n (x) f m (x) d F α x= δ n , m .

Here, δ n , m is the Kronecker delta. Let f n (x) be a sequence of functions which belongs to L 2 α . Then there exists a function f(x) L 2 α with the following property:

lim n a b | f n (x)f(x) | 2 d F α x=0.

Equivalently, one can say that f n (x) approaches f(x) if for every ϵ>0, there exists a number n 0 >0 such that

f n ( x ) f ( x ) <ϵwhenever n> n 0 .

The sequence of functions f n (x) belonging to L 2 α is called a Cauchy sequence if

lim m n a b | f m (x) f n (x) | 2 d F α x=0.

In other words, for a given ϵ>0, there exists a number n 0 >0 such that

f m f n = a b | f m (x) f n | 2 d F α x<ϵwhenever m> n 0 ,n> n 0 .

Equation (33) means that every Cauchy sequence on a fractal set has limit belonging to the vector space. Finally, we have complied with all the conditions for a Hilbert space in F α -calculus.

6 Self-adjoint F α -differential operator

It is interesting to note that a second-order differential operator can be written in a Sturm-Liouville form if it is self-adjoint. In quantum mechanics, the eigenvalues and eigenvectors are the energy and the wave function, respectively. So, by extending the F α -calculus, namely defining an F α -differential operator, we gain the definition and the condition for the analogous Hilbert operator on a fractal set. In this section we present the self-adjoint operators involving the fractional local derivative on fractals.

Suppose that L is a fractional local differential operator in the form

Lf(x)= p 0 (x) ( D F α ) 2 f(x)+ p 1 (x) D F α f(x)+ p 2 (x)f(x).

Now, we would like to calculate

f | L f = a b f ( x ) L f ( x ) d F α x = a b f ( x ) { p 0 ( x ) ( D F α ) 2 f ( x ) + p 1 ( x ) D F α f ( x ) + p 2 ( x ) f ( x ) } d F α x .

By using integration by parts [14] once or twice, we conclude that

f | L f = [ f ( x ) ( p 1 ( x ) D F α p 0 ( x ) ) f ( x ) ] | x = a x = b + a b { ( D F α ) 2 [ p 0 ( x ) f ( x ) ] D F α [ p 1 ( x ) f ( x ) ] + p 2 ( x ) f ( x ) } f ( x ) d F α x .

Comprising the integrals in Eqs. (36) and (35), we get

f(x) ( ( D F α ) 2 p 0 ( x ) D F α p 1 ( x ) ) f(x)+2f(x) ( D F α p 0 ( x ) p 1 ( x ) ) D F α f(x)=0,


D F α p 0 (x)= p 1 (x).

Then, we finally conclude that

L ¯ [ f ( x ) ] = ( D F α ) 2 [ p 0 ( x ) f ( x ) ] D F α [ p 1 ( x ) f ( x ) ] + p 2 ( x ) f ( x ) = p 0 ( x ) ( D F α ) 2 f ( x ) + ( 2 D F α p 0 ( x ) p 1 ( x ) ) D F α f ( x ) + ( ( D F α ) 2 p 0 ( x ) D F α p 1 ( x ) + p 2 ( x ) ) f ( x ) .

When L ¯ [f(x)]=L[f(x)], the operator is said to be F α -self-adjoint operator [19]. It is clear that every F α -self-adjoint operator can be written as an analogous Sturm-Liouville equation on fractal sets.

7 Conclusion

Researchers are trying to create new calculus on fractals by using some different approaches which are algorithmic or not. Since the fractals generated are different, the measures on them also vary from one to another. The gauge function is used to generalize the Riemann integral for a wider class of functions. We defined a new measure on fractals by using this function. This new measure can be used to define an integral on fractals. Meanwhile, the F α -calculus on fractals was generalized by given the relative extrema condition. Moreover, the Hilbert F α -space is constructed for potential applications on fractal quantum mechanics and the self-adjoint F α -differential operator is defined on fractal sets.


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