Spiral galaxies in the SAURON survey

Reynier F. Peletier, Katia Ganda, Jesús Falcón-Barroso, Roland Bacon, Michele Cappellari, Roger L. Davies, P. Tim De Zeeuw, Eric Emsellem, Davor Krajnović, Harald Kuntschner, Richard M. McDermid, Marc Sarzi, Glenn Van De Ven

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-276
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the International Astronomical Union
Issue numberS245
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Galaxies: bulges
  • Galaxies: spiral
  • Galaxies: stellar content


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