We discuss some recent integral field spectroscopy using the SAURON instrument of a sample consisting of 24 early-type spirals, part of the SAURON Survey, and 18 late-type spirals. Using 2-dimensional maps of their stellar radial velocity, velocity dispersion, and absorption line strength, it is now much easier to understand the nature of nearby galactic bulges. We discuss a few highlights of this work, and point out some new ideas about the formation of galactic bulges.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2007|
- Galaxies: bulges
- Galaxies: spiral
- Galaxies: stellar content