The aim of this work is to study starbursts and the dynamical processes involved, both from gas and stellar components. For this purpose, one nearby galaxy with a nuclear starburst was selected, as well as a sample of 6 ultraluminous infrared galaxies (ULIRGs). Observations of these sources were carried out with SINFONI, the spectrograph for integral field observations in the near-infrared, an instrument that is mounted on the VLT in Chile. The thesis contains a study of the spectral features that are characteristic for starbursts, and a comparison of dynamical masses and mass-to-light ratios of the ULIRGs, calculated with different methods both from stellar dynamics and gas dynamics.
- Pub Date:
- January 2012