The grain size effects on the phase coexistence and magnetostrictive response of Tb1-xDyxFe2 polycrystals near the ferromagnetic morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) are revealed through phase-field modeling. It shows that phase coexistence is a universal phenomenon in polycrystals for both ferromagnetic and ferroelectric MPB and that the range of compositions for phase coexistence increases with decreasing grain sizes. A large, reversible, and anhysteretic magnetostrictive response at low external fields is also found in the fine-grained polycrystals around the ferromagnetic MPB, which offers us a route to developing nanocrystalline magnetostrictive materials.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)