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An intermediate value theorem for monotone operators in ordered Banach spaces
© Kostrykin and Oleynik; licensee Springer 2012
Received: 5 June 2012
Accepted: 5 November 2012
Published: 22 November 2012
We consider a monotone increasing operator in an ordered Banach space having and as a strong super- and subsolution, respectively. In contrast with the well-studied case , we suppose that . Under the assumption that the order cone is normal and minihedral, we prove the existence of a fixed point located in the order interval .
MSC:47H05, 47H10, 46B40.
then f has a fixed point in . It is a natural question whether this result can be extended to the case of ordered Banach spaces. A number of fixed point theorems with assumptions of type (1) are well known; see, e.g., [, Section 2.1]. However, to the best of our knowledge, fixed point theorems with assumptions of type (2) have not been known so far. In the present note, we prove the following fixed point theorem of this type.
Theorem 1 Let X be a real Banach space with an order cone K satisfying
(a) K has a nonempty interior,
(b) K is normal and minihedral.
then T has a fixed point .
Here denotes the order interval .
Theorem 1 generalizes an idea developed by the present authors in , where the existence of solutions to a certain nonlinear integral equation of Hammerstein type has been shown.
Before we present the proof, we recall some notions. We write if , if and , and if , where is the interior of the cone K.
and implies that .
Obviously, a cone K is minihedral if and only if for any pair , , bounded below in order there exists the greatest lower bound . If a minihedral cone has a nonempty interior, then any pair is bounded above in order. Hence, and exist for all .
A cone K is called normal if there exists a constant such that , implies .
By the Kakutani-Krein brothers theorem [, Theorem 6.6] a real Banach space X with an order cone K satisfying assumptions (a) and (b) of Theorem 1 is isomorphic to the Banach space of continuous functions on a compact Hausdorff space Q. The image of K under this isomorphism is the cone of nonnegative continuous functions on Q.
An operator T acting in the Banach space X is called monotone increasing if implies .
Since and , is a fixed point of the operator . Similarly, one shows that is also a fixed point.
Lemma 2 The operator is continuous, monotone increasing, compact and maps the order interval into itself.
Let be an arbitrary sequence in . Since T is compact, has a subsequence converging to some . From the continuity of , it follows that the sequence converges to , thus, proving that the range of is relatively compact. □
Proof Due to , there is a such that . The preimage of under the continuous mapping contains a ball . Hence, holds for all . By the same argument, for all . Choosing sufficiently small, we can achieve that .
From it follows that there is an element such that . Assume that . Then we have . However, in view of the Kakutani-Krein brothers theorem, implies . Thus, it follows that and, therefore, . Similarly one shows that . □
The main tool for the proof of Theorem 1 is Amann’s theorem on three fixed points (see, e.g., [, Theorem 7.F and Corollary 7.40]):
Then has a third fixed point p satisfying , , and .
Recall that the operator is called image compact if it is continuous and its image is a relatively compact set.
We choose , , , , where is as in Lemma 3. Since the cone K is normal, by Theorem 1.1.1 in , is norm bounded. Thus, is image compact.
Theorem 4 yields the existence of a fixed point of the operator satisfying . Obviously, is a fixed point of the operator T as well. This observation completes the proof of Theorem 1.
The authors thank H.-P. Heinz for useful comments. This work has been supported in part by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Grant KO 2936/4-1.
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