 TOPICS # Fractional Integral

Denote the th derivative and the -fold integral . Then (1)

Now, if the equation (2)

for the multiple integral is true for , then   (3)   (4)

Interchanging the order of integration gives (5)

But (3) is true for , so it is also true for all by induction. The fractional integral of of order can then be defined by (6)

where is the gamma function.

More generally, the Riemann-Liouville operator of fractional integration is defined as (7)

for with (Oldham and Spanier 1974, Miller and Ross 1993, Srivastava and Saxena 2001, Saxena 2002).

The fractional integral of order 1/2 is called a semi-integral.

Few functions have a fractional integral expressible in terms of elementary functions. Exceptions include   (8)   (9)   (10)   (11)

where is a lower incomplete gamma function and is the Et-function. From (10), the fractional integral of the constant function is given by   (12)   (13)

A fractional derivative can also be similarly defined. The study of fractional derivatives and integrals is called fractional calculus.

Fractional Calculus, Fractional Integral Equation, Riemann-Liouville Operator, Semi-Integral

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