We discuss renormalization of the nonrelativistic three-body problem with short-range forces. The problem becomes nonperturbative at momenta of the order of the inverse of the two-body scattering length, and an infinite number of graphs must be summed. This summation leads to a cutoff dependence that does not appear in any order in perturbation theory. We argue that this cutoff dependence can be absorbed in a single three-body counterterm and compute the running of the three-body force with the cutoff. We comment on the relevance of this result for the effective field theory program in nuclear and molecular physics.
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- General Physics and Astronomy