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Rosenschon, Andreas; Sawant, Anand (2018): Rost nilpotence and etale motivic cohomology. In: Advances in Mathematics, Vol. 330: pp. 420-432
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A smooth projective scheme X over a field k is said to satisfy the Rost nilpotence principle if any endomorphism of X in the category of Chow motives that vanishes on an extension of the base field k is nilpotent. We show that an etale motivic analogue of the Rost nilpotence principle holds for all smooth projective schemes over a perfect field. This provides a new approach to the question of Rost nilpotence and allows us to obtain an elegant proof of Rost nilpotence for surfaces, as well as for birationally ruled threefolds over a field of characteristic 0.