Near-barrier fusion of the B + Ni proton-halo system.
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Fusion cross sections were measured for the exotic proton-halo nucleus B incident on a Ni target at several energies near the Coulomb barrier. This is the first experiment to report on the fusion of a proton-halo nucleus. The resulting excitation function shows a striking enhancement with respect to expectations for normal projectiles. Evidence is presented that the sum of the fusion and breakup yields saturates the total reaction cross section.