ABSTRACT We formulate a generalized Chalker-Coddington network model that describes the effect of nuclear spins on the two-dimensional electron gas in the quantum Hall regime. We find exact analytical expression for spin-dependent transmission coefficients of a charged particle through a saddle point potential in a perpendicular magnetic field. Spin-flip scattering creates a metallic state in a finite range around the critical energy of quantum Hall transition. As a result we find that the usual insulating phases with Hall conductance σxy=0,1,2 are separated by novel metallic phases.
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