Dr. Ketcham also works on the theory and practice of apatite fission-track (AFT) thermochronology, and thermal history inverse modeling from AFT, (U-Th)/He, and vitrinite data. Recent research has concentrated on improving the resolution and reproducibility of fission-track data by taking track orientation with respect to crystallographic angle into account. His computer programs for inverse modeling, AFTSolve and HeFTy, are widely used in academia and industry.
Another research direction has been to study the thermal structure of continents, by examining the amount and distribution of radioactive heat-producing elements in the crust of the Basin and Range and relating it to regional heat flow patterns. The amount and distribution of crustal heat production remains one of the “great unknown” geophysical parameters, which is crucial for deriving temperatures inside the Earth from first principles.
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