Chow motives of twisted flag varieties

Research paper by B. Calmes, V. Petrov, N. Semenov, K. Zainoulline

Indexed on: 08 Jul '05Published on: 08 Jul '05Published in: Mathematics - Algebraic Geometry


Let G be an adjoint simple algebraic group of inner type. We express the Chow motive (with integral coefficients) of some anisotropic projective G-homogeneous varieties in terms of motives of simpler G-homogeneous varieties, namely, those that correspond to maximal parabolic subgroups of G. We decompose the motive of a generalized Severi-Brauer variety SB_2(A), where A is a division algebra of degree 5, into a direct sum of two indecomposable motives. As an application we provide another counter-example to the uniqueness of a direct sum decomposition in the category of motives with integral coefficients.