We discuss SAURON absorption line strength maps of a sample of 24 early-type spirals, mostly Sa. From the Lick indices H, Mgb and Fe 5015 we derive SSP-ages and metallicities. By comparing the scaling relations of Mg b and H and central velocity dispersion with the same relation for the edge-on sample of Falcn-Barroso et al. (2002) we derive a picture in which the central regions of Sa galaxies contain at least 2 components: one (or more) thin, disc-like component, often containing recent star formation, and another, elliptical-like component, consisting of old stars and rotating more slowly, dominating the light above the plane. If one defines a bulge to be the component responsible for the light in excess of the outer exponential disc, then many Sa-bulges are dominated by a thin, disc-like component containing recent star formation.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2006|
- Galaxies: bulges
- Galaxies: spiral
- Galaxies: stellar content