The aim of the lectures is to introduce first-year Ph.D. students and research workers to the theory of the Dirac operator, spinor techniques, and their relevance for the theory of eigenvalues in Riemannian geometry. Topics: differential operators on manifolds, index of elliptic operators, Dirac operator, index problem for manifolds with a boundary, index of the Dirac operator and anomalies, spectral asymmetry and Riemannian geometry, spectral or local boundary conditions for massless spin-1/2 fields, potentials for massless spin-3/2 fields, conformal anomalies for massless spin-1/2 fields. |