Loop groups and twisted K-theory I
Daniel S. Freed
Michael J. Hopkins
This is the first in a series of papers investigating the relationship between the twisted equivariant K-theory of a compact Lie group G and the “Verlinde ring” of its loop group. In this paper we set up the foundations of twisted equivariant K-groups, and more generally twisted K-theory of groupoids. We establish enough basic properties to make effective computations. We determine the twisted equivariant K-groups of a compact connected Lie group G with torsion free fundamental group. We relate this computation to the representation theory of the loop group at a level related to the twisting.