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The free loop space $\mathcal{L}X$ of a topological space $X$ (based or not) is the space of all loops in $X$. This is in contrast to the based loop space of a based space $X$ for which the loops are at the fixed base point $x_0\in X$.
The free loop space carries a canonical action (infinity-action) of the circle group. The homotopy quotient by that action $\mathcal{L}(X)/S^1$ (the “cyclic loop space”) contains what is known as the twisted loop space of $X$.
For $X$ a topological space, the free loop space $L X$ is the topological space $Map(S^1,X)$ of continuous maps in compact-open topology.
If we work in a category of based spaces, then still the topological space $Map(S^1,X)$ is in the non-based sense but has a distinguished point which is the constant map $t\mapsto x_0$ where $x_0$ is the base point of $X$.
If $X$ is a topological space, the free loop space $L X$ of $X$ is defined as the free loop space object of $X$ formed in the (∞,1)-category Top.
Let $X$ be a simply connected topological space.
The ordinary cohomology $H^\bullet$ of its free loop space is the Hochschild homology $HH_\bullet$ of its singular chains $C^\bullet(X)$:
Moreover the $S^1$-equivariant cohomology of the loop space, hence the ordinary cohomology of the cyclic loop space $\mathcal{L}X/^h S^1$ is the cyclic homology $HC_\bullet$ of the singular chains:
(Loday 11)
If the coefficients are rational, and $X$ is of finite type then this may be computed by the Sullivan model for free loop spaces, see there the section on Relation to Hochschild homology.
In the special case that the topological space $X$ carries the structure of a smooth manifold, then the singular cochains on $X$ are equivalent to the dgc-algebra of differential forms (the de Rham algebra) and hence in this case the statement becomes that
This is known as Jones' theorem (Jones 87)
An infinity-category theoretic proof of this fact is indicated at Hochschild cohomology – Jones’ theorem.
See at Sullivan model of free loop space.
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Kathryn Hess, Free loop spaces in topology and physics, pdf, slides from Meeting of Edinburgh Math. Soc. Glasgow, 14 Nov 2008
John D.S. Jones, Cyclic homology and equivariant homology, Invent. Math. 87, 403-423 (1987) (pdf)
Jean-Louis Loday, Free loop space and homology (arXiv:1110.0405)
D. Ben-Zvi, D. Nadler, Loop spaces and connections, arxiv/1002.3636