The effect of substitution at the Fe site in the CuFeO2delafossite is known to induce a magnetic structure responsible for the appearance of electric polarization. A CuFe1-xRhxO2series of ceramic samples is studied in order to determine the composition range exhibiting such a polar state. It is found that for the CuFe1-xRhxO2(x≤0.15) solid solution, the Néel temperature TN2decreases monotonously with x from 11.5 K to 5.9 K, for x=0.00 to 0.15, respectively, and that the dielectric peak and the polarization transition temperatures coincide with TN2. In contrast, the dielectric peak and polarization magnitudes go through an optimum for CuFe0.92Rh0.08O2(x=0.08). These results demonstrate that, compared to other substituting elements, the Rh3+for Fe3+substitution in CuFeO2allows to extend significantly the ferroelectric region in the (x, T) phase diagram in connection with the slower TN2decrease. © 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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