Published online by Cambridge University Press: 10 November 2010
Circumnuclear starbursts can occur in galaxies with no notable companions. One of the consequences of this mechanism is to sweep out the star-forming gas from the few inner kiloparsec around the nucleus causing annular structures. Repeated starbursts (and perhaps the initial starburst itself) require a mechanism to feed new gas towards the axis of rotation. A dynamical process for this refuelling is based on the effects of departures from axisymmetry in the gravitational potential of the bulge, which can cause a net gaseous inflow, seen at its densest along a bar or bar-like structure, but also present for more generalized oval distortion. In an initial phase of the present work we have analysed the bulge component of a sample of spiral galaxies obtained using the 4.2-m WHT and the 2.5-m INT at the Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos (La Palma). These galaxies present a starburst signature or exhibit evidence of residual phenomena from a previous starburst (see Beckman et al. 1991; Varela 1992). Seeing values oscillated between 0″·5 to 1″·4. Data reduction was performed using FIGARO and IRAF standard programs. We carried out a photometric analysis which enable us to perform a bulge/disc emission decomposition, in order to reconstruct that associated only with the bulge (Prieto et al. 1992a,b; Varela 1992).