SAURON Team Meeting
workshop is a one-week meeting of the SAURON team of Bacon,
Davies and de Zeeuw.
is carrying out a systematic survey of a representative sample of 72 nearby
elliptical and lenticular galaxies and Sa bulges with the custom-built
panoramic integral-field spectrograph SAURON, which is used at the 4.2m William
Herschel Telescope on La Palma. SAURON provides maps of the stellar and gaseous
kinematics and the linestrength distributions over the optical extent of the
galaxies. Together with high-resolution imaging and spectroscopy of the nuclei,
these maps are used to determine the intrinsic shapes, the internal dynamical
structure, the mass of the central black hole, and the history of metal enrichment
in these systems.
project started in spring 1999, and this past spring the observations of the 72
survey objects were completed. All data have been reduced, a number of new
analysis tools have been developed, and papers on individual galaxies are in
progress. The aim is to address the status of the dynamical and stellar
population modeling, the properties of the ellipticals, lenticulars and bulges
as a group, as well as to plan follow-up observations.