Kinematics in the central kiloparsec of spiral galaxies

J. Knapen

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    Abstract

    Results from kinematic observations of the central regions of spiral galaxies are reviewed, with particular emphasis on starburst and AGN hosts. While morphological studies lead to important insights, a more complete understanding of the physical processes that drive the evolution of the central regions can be achieved with measurements of the kinematics of gas and stars. Here, a variety of observational techniques at different wavelengths is critically discussed, and specific areas of interest are highlighted, such as inflow in barred galaxies and the origin of nuclear spiral arms. A brief discussion of a number of case studies is presented to illustrate recent progress.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationIn: Procs of The Central Kiloparsec of Starbursts and AGN: The La Palma Connection - ASP Conference Series 249
    PublisherAstronomical Society of the Pacific
    Pages37-54
    ISBN (Print)1-58381-089-7
    Publication statusPublished - 2001

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