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The Nature of Boxy/Peanut-Shaped Bulges in Spiral Galaxies

Bureau, Martin; Freeman, Kenneth


We present a systematic observational study of the relationship between bars and boxy/peanut-shaped (B/PS) bulges. We first review and discuss proposed mechanisms for their formation, focusing on accretion and bar-buckling scenarios. Using new methods relying on the kinematics of edge-on disks, we then look for bars in a large sample of edge-on spiral galaxies with a B/PS bulge and in a smaller control sample of edge-on spirals with more spheroidal bulges. We present position-velocity diagrams...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 1999
Type: Journal article
Source: Astronomical Journal


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