PACS: 02.30.Hq, 07.50.Ek

1. Introduction

A DC LC circuit in which an inductor (L) and a capacitor (C) are connected to each other is shown in Fig. 1. If the capacitor is initially charged and the switch is then closed, both the current in the circuit and the charge on the capacitor oscillate between negative and positive values. The charge variation of the capacitor with respect to time is defined by a homogeneous second order linear differential equation as follows;

If there is no resistance in the circuit, the standard solution of Eq. (1) is obtained as follows;

where, *q*_{0}
is the initial capacitor charge at time *t* = 0^{1}.

In traditional approach where the time scale is considered homogenous, namely, the flow period
of time remains unchanged during the physical process (non-relativistic mathematical
time), Eq. (1) is local in time and
insufficient to take into account the non-conservative nature of physical process.
The equations related to the non-conservative systems should be non-local in time.
Friction is a well known exemplary for a non-conserved phenomenon and, causes
irreversible dissipative effects in the physical processes. As a result of these
dissipative effects, time-reversal symmetry is not valid for non-conservative
systems. Ohmic friction in the electrical circuits causes the same dissipative
effects^{2}^{,}^{3} . In the literature, in order to
compensate these dissipative effects theoretically, the fractional calculus is
applied to various electrical circuit problems as a useful mathematical tool^{4}^{,}^{5}^{,}^{6}^{,}^{7}^{,}^{8}^{,}^{9}^{,}^{10}^{,}^{11}^{,}^{12}^{,}^{13}^{,}^{14}^{,}^{15}. In this respect, an approach to design analogue
fractional-order controllers was described by Podlubny *et al*^{5}. An experimental study of two kinds
of electrical circuits, a domino ladder and a nested ladder, was presented by
Sierociuk, Podlubny and Petras^{6}.
Some fractional models used in electrochemical systems^{7}, multivibrator built around a single fractional
capacitor^{8}, evolution of a
current in a resistor^{9}, fractional
linear systems^{10} and reachability
of fractional electrical circuits^{11} were investigated. The series RLC circuit in the
fractional-order domain was studied and, the stability issues for different cases
which were required to design the fractional-order filters and oscillators were
discussed in Ref. 12. The fractional methods were used to solve problems in
conservative and non-conservative oscillatory systems with RL and RLC
applications^{13} . Fractional
viscoelastic models were applied to biomechanical constitutive equations . The time
fractional differential equation related to electrical RC circuit was solved by
making use of Caputo fractional derivative in our previous study^{15}.

Fractional differential equations for RLC and RC-LC circuits in terms of the fractional time
derivatives of the Caputo type were proposed in Refs. 16 and 17. To keep the
dimensional coherence, a new parameter,
*σ*_{L}, was introduced by them ^{18}. This parameter characterizes the
existence of fractional structures which emerges from the non-local behaviour of the
system in time. In Ref. 17, Eq. (1) is
re-defined as follows;

where, *σ*_{L} characterizes the presence of fractional structures in the system. The *γ* parameter represents the order of fractional time derivative. It is related to the *σ*_{L} such as

Another study on this subject was carried out by Rousan et al in Ref. 19 where the differential equations related to RC and RL circuits are merged in a single equation as follows;

where, *α* is equal 0 and 1 respectively. The solution of Eq. (5) is given as follows;

where, *q*(0) = *q*_{0}.

Since the nature of electrical LC circuit is non-linear and non-local in time, Eq. (1) is not qualified to give a realistic description for considered phenomena. To make a description closer to reality, the effects of ohmic friction and temperature (as a physical quantity related to resistance), which cause the non-local behaviours in time, should be taken into account in calculations. Eq. (1) is only a simple description of the LC circuit by ignoring the dissipative effects and fractality of time. Therefore, in order to take into account the fractality of time, time-fractional derivative should be used in Eq. (1). Some studies, which are interested in this problem, can be found in the literature. But, one of them has incorrect oscillation of the fractional solution^{19} and, some of these studies have used a new parameter to keep the dimensional coherence^{16}^{,}^{17}^{,}^{18} . In the present study, Caputo definition has been preferred for the time-fractional derivative and, the dimension of time-fractional equation is preserved without using any parameter.

In section two, preliminarily of fractional calculus and the meaning of using time fractional derivative is presented. In section three, the differential equation for LC circuit is solved in a fractional manner and, the charge variation of capacitor with respect to time is obtained in terms of Mittag-Leffler function. In section four, the graph of the charge variation versus time is plotted for the different values of fractional derivative order *α*. Finally, conclusions have been given in the last section.

2.The Meaning of Using Time Fractional Derivative

Standard mathematical approaches are not sufficient to explain the realistic behaviour of the many physical processes in which the fractal property of space and the non-Markovian nature of statistical phenomena occur. Time-reversal symmetry and time locality, which are valid for conservative systems, fails for the realistic nature of physical processes. In order to account for the time-fractality effects (namely, nonlocality in time, time-irreversibility and, memory effects) encountered in the physical systems, time fractional derivative operators are often used in the course of calculations. Especially, they are very successful in the study of the self-similar, hierarchically organized systems and, the linear response of systems with memory^{20}^{,}^{21}^{,}^{22}^{,}^{23}^{,}^{24}^{,}^{25}^{,}^{26}^{,}^{27}.

Fractional calculus is a branch of mathematics which deals with the generalization of
integer-order integration and differentiation and, includes the standard definitions
as particular cases. The most commonly definitions used in the literature are
Riemann-Liouville, Caputo and Grünwald-Letnikov fractional derivatives^{4}^{,}^{21}^{,}^{22}^{,}^{25} . The presence of many different definitions of
fractional derivative makes possible to be taken additional physical information
into account in calculations^{27}.

In this study, as a time fractional derivative, we prefer to use Caputo definition instead of standard time derivative. The left-sided Riemann-Liouville fractional integral of order *α* is given as follows,

where, *α* is any positive real number and Γ(*α*) is Gamma function and, *t* parameter corresponds to the last measured value of mathematical time. Caputo fractional derivative of order *α* is given by the definition:

where, *m* is the smallest integer greater than *α*,
*i.e*. *m* -1 < *α* <
*m*. In physical applications, Caputo definition of fractional
derivative is more preferred, other than Riemann-Liouville definition, because it
includes the initial values of the function and its integer order derivatives when
Laplace transform method is used^{4}^{,}^{20}^{,}^{21}^{,}^{25}.

The solution of fractional differential equations can usually be expressed in terms of the
Mittag-Leffler function as a natural generalization of exponential function and, is
defined by the series expansion as follows^{4}^{,}^{21}^{,}^{26}:

In the well known differential calculus developed by Newton, time is assumed to have a homogeneous equably flowing nature and, is also specially called “mathematical time” which has no relation to external factors. Indeed, the successfully use of differential calculus in the study of the mechanics of macro-particles is based on the mathematical time assumption. In the view of the Newtonian approach, the total mathematical time consists of geometrically equal time intervals. On the other hand, since the measurement process of time intervals cannot be made at the same time, it is not possible to find an evidence which shows the homogeneity (or equality) of time intervals. According to the current views in relativity theory, time intervals are not absolute physical quantities, but instead they depend on gravitational fields in which the measurements of time intervals are made. The inhomogeneous nature of time is indicated by the term of “physical (or cosmic) time”. The total physical time consists of geometrically non-equal time intervals. As an example, the time flows non-equably for the physical processes handled in relativistic manner^{28} .

In the time fractional approach adopted by Podlubny, the left sided Riemann-Liouville
fractional integral has been reformulated in the form of Stieltjes integral, namely *τ* has been considered as homogenous
mathematical time and, *g*_{t}
(*τ*) has been interpreted as inhomogeneous physical time scale.
The transformed time, *g*_{t}
(*τ*), describes the relationship between the locally recorded
mathematical time scale and non-locally recorded cosmic (physical) time scale. As
seen from Eqs. (1), (2) and (3) in Ref. 28, physical time scale,
*g*_{t} (*τ*),
depends also on *t* which represents the last measured value of
mathematical time. As a result, the dependence of physical time interval
*dg*_{t} (*τ*) on
*t* makes possible to take into account the memory and
time-fractality effects in considered physical systems. In some cases, the kernel of
left-sided Riemann-Liouville fractional integral, namely (*t* -
*τ*)^{α-1} /Γ(*α*), is
called “memory function”^{27}.

In the present study, we know that the amount of current transferred to the circuit varies for each Δ*t* time intervals. If the current being transferred to the circuit at each Δ*t* step is considered to be equal to each other, the width of Δ*t* time intervals may be considered different from each other. When we make such a consideration, the physical reality does not change and, we can say that the physical event considered in this paper exhibits non-local behaviour in time. Therefore, in order to make a more realistic description, time-fractional derivative can be used in the calculations.

3. Analysis of Electrical LC Circuit in Fractional Order

In order to establish a time fractional differential equation which describes the LC circuit, the Caputo fractional derivative of order *α* is used instead of the first order standard time derivative. Thus, the equation in fractional order is given by

where *α*, and 1 < *α* ≤ 2. Here, with the aim of retaining the dimensional coherence on both sides of the Eq. (10), the angular frequency *ω* varies with power *α*. For *α* = 2, the fractional LC circuit equation reduces to the standard one, *i.e.*Eq. (1).

In order to obtain a solution, firstly the Laplace transform is performed to Eq. (10) leading to

where, *q*(*t*) and, *s* is the Laplace transform parameter. One can express the Eq. (11) in terms of a series expansion such as

The inverse Laplace transform of Eq. (12) can be expressed in terms of Mittag-Leffler function,

4.Results and Discussion

Assuming the components of LC circuit have negligible resistance, the variation of capacitor charge with respect to time is obtained as Eq. (2) in course of the standard calculations. According to this solution, the charge of capacitor is not damped, but instead makes oscillation between negative and positive values. However, in realistic frame, the components of circuit have resistance and the variation of charge is damped and, converges to zero with time. In the present study, in order to represent the realistic situation, standard LC circuit equation, *i.e*. Eq. (1), has been re-defined as Eq. (10) by using time fractional derivative of order *α*. The solution of this new equation has been obtained in terms of Mittag-Leffler function as Eq. (13). In order to investigate the graphical representations, the values of inductor and capacitor have been taken as L=1H and C =1 F in calculations, respectively.

As seen from Fig. 2, the variation of capacitor charge with respect to time has been plotted by Rousan *et al*. in Ref. 19 by using Eq. (6). In this figure, *q*(*t*)/*q*
_{0} values have been calculated for different *α* values. The standard solution, *i.e.* Eq. (2), has been indicated with dashed line. As menmentioned in the first section, when *α* is equal 1, Eq. (5) corresponds to well known differential equation of LC circuit. As seen from Fig. 2, all curves start from origin except the one which corresponds to *α* = 0. Whereas, at *t* = 0, the initial values of *q*(*t*)/*q*
_{0} should be 1. This exhibited behaviour shows that fractional solution is not in harmony with the well known standard solution for *α* = 1 and, there is a phase difference between the fractional solution and standard one.

Figure 3, presented in this study via Eq. (13), depicts the charge variation of capacitor with respect to time for different values of *α*. Unlike Ref. 19, as a time fractional derivative Caputo definition is used in this study. When *α* = 2, Eq. (10) corresponds to the well known standard differential equation related to LC circuit. In Fig. 3, the standard solution has been indicated with dashed line. For *α* = 2, a complete harmony between the standard solution and the fractional solution can be seen from Fig. 3. In other words, there is no phase difference between the standard and fractional solutions.

In order to make a realistic description of the considered physical process, the resistance value of the cables connecting the circuit elements to each other should not be handled as a constant parameter, instead it should be considered as a varying physical quantity with temperature. Due to the increase in temperature, the spatial distribution of the charge carriers in cables changes. Hence, the homogeneity of the circuit is impaired and, the structural fractal effects become dominant over time with increasing temperature. As a result, the charge variation of capacitor with respect to time exhibits a damped behaviour. In present study, this exhibited behaviour is clearly described with the use of fractional derivative of order *α* which varies between 1 and 2. Hence, the structural fractal effects, occurred in the LC electrical circuit due to the temperature, can be taken into account in the calculations. From these results, it could be said that there is a close relationship between the temperature and fractional derivative of order *α*.

5. Conclusion

A new time-fractional form of the differential equation related to electrical LC circuit is determined as Eq. (10). In this equation, different from Refs. 16 to 18, dimensional coherence are preserved without using any parameters.

Equation (1), used in standard approach, corresponds to ideal case in which the dissipative effects are neglected. Therefore, LC circuit is handled linear and local in time. In realistic manner, the resistance of the cables connecting the circuit elements to each other varies with the temperature. This unstable resistance causes some dissipative effects which make the behaviour of LC electrical circuit be non-linear and non-local in time. Since the temperature of LC circuit increases with time, an unstable ohmic friction occurs during the process. Also, in a real capacitor series resistance is not zero and in the parallel resistance is not infinite. The series resistance in an inductor is not zero. Hence, the current transmitted to circuit (and also the charge variation of the capacitor) per each small time interval (Δ*t*) exhibits a difference in each Δ*t* step. Hereby, time reversal symmetry for this process is not valid. From a different perspective, to indicate the nonlocality in time, the transmitted current can be assumed being unchanged per different time intervals Δ*t* and, the flow period of Δ*t* intervals can be assumed being variable depending on the temperature. Consequently, it could be said that using the time fractional derivative instead of standard one is a very useful way to describe the realistic feature of LC electrical circuit that is non-local in time.