The influence of the nitrogen ion implantation on the corrosion resistance
of magnesium has been studied. The nitrogen solid solution and Mg3N2 were d
etected by the grazing incidence X-ray diffraction analysis. TEM observatio
ns revealed the morphology of Mg3N2 and cavities in magnesium matrix. Anodi
c polarization measurements showed that implantation with 1 x 10(21) N-2(+)
/m(2) at 150 keV greatly reduce the current density at all applied voltage.
The higher accelerating voltage showed better corrosion resistance. The am
ount of Mg3N2 was increased with increasing dose resulting in the degradati
on of corrosion resistance. The corrosion resistance of implanted specimen
was also degraded by annealing.