We report the real-space observation of magnetic domains in the ac-plane at the metamagnetic transition in a triple-layer ruthenate Sr4Ru 3O10 by magneto-optical imaging and scanning Hall probe measurements. We find anisotropic magnetic domain structures with weak c-axis correlation at low fields. The magnetic inhomogeneities are removed above the metamagnetic transition field. These changes of magnetic structure support the phase-separation scenario for the ultra-sharp steps in magnetoresistance.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)