, Volume 156, Issue 3, pp 650-682,
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Date: 01 Aug 2012

On the Existence of a Classical Optimal Solution and of an Almost Strongly Optimal Solution for an Infinite-Horizon Control Problem


We consider an infinite-horizon optimal control problem with the cost functional described either by an integral over an unbounded interval (a Lebesgue integral) or by a limit of integrals (an improper Lebesgue integral). We prove some theorems on the existence of solutions to such problems. The proofs are based on appropriate lower closure theorems and some extensions of Olech’s theorem on the lower semicontinuity of an integral functional; these extensions cover the cases of functionals described by an integral over an unbounded interval and by a limit of integrals.

Communicated by Lars Grüne.