About us

The story of THATec Innovation

THATec Innovation is a company founded by scientists for scientists. Our motivation is to help you to stay focused on the essential: your scientific work. From our own longstanding experience in experimental physics, we learned a lot about the requirements of everyday’s lab work and developed strategies to overcome major challenges to realize our research ideas. The idea behind THATec Innovation was born in the lab with the major goal to develop hardware and software solutions to let you profit from our experience in the areas of our expertise: the automation of laboratory devices, optical scanning microscopy, and Brillouin light scattering.

If you want to get more details about our scientific work and expertise, in particular for microfocused Brillouin light scattering, have a look at the following publication by our co-founder Dr. Thomas Sebastian et al.:

>> Micro-focused Brillouin light scattering: imaging spin waves at the nanoscale, T. Sebastian et al., Front. Phys. 3, 35 (2015) <<

The basis for the concept behind our software products are the ideas that have been realized in the Tandem Fabry- Pérot Data Acquisition Software (TFPDAS) and the related TFPDAS-Micro. For many years, these software modules for Brillouin light scattering spectroscopy / microscopy have been used not only by us but also by scientists in many labs around the world because they greatly simplify the control and automation of complex instruments and the coordination and synchronization with additional peripheral devices.

Our compancy THATec Innovation GmbH was founded in 2016 by Dr. Attila Kákay, Dr. Helmut Schultheiß, and Dr. Thomas Sebastian as a spin-off of the Helmholtz Center Dresden-Rossendorf and supported by the Helmholtz association in the framework of the Helmholtz Enterprise program. Since then, THATec Innovation has taken over the further development of TFPDAS and pushed its concepts to a new level: our sofware platform thaTEC:OS. Based on our experience in optical measurement techniques, we also developed hardware solutions for optical scanning microscopy which complete our portfolio and allow us to provide fully automated customized setups which we will set up right where it belongs: in your lab!


The following list of publications contain a selection of publications from our customers who employed our software platform thaTEC:OS to conduct their measurements.



Who we are

Dr. Thomas Sebastian

co-founder, CEO

Short CV

Since 2016 co-founder, CEO of THATec Innovation
2014 - 2015 Postdoc at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf
2013 PhD in physics (TU Kaiserslautern),
thesis: "Linear and nonlinear spin dynamics in Co2Mn0.6Fe0.4Si Heusler microstructures"
2009 Diploma in experimental physics (TU Kaiserslautern),
thesis: "Magnetooptische Untersuchungen zum Schaltverhalten kleiner magnetischer Strukturen"
Dr. Thomas Meyer


Short CV

Since 2018 Developer at THATec Innovation
2017 PhD in physics (TU Kaiserslautern),
thesis: "Spin Orbit Torque Driven Spin Wave Dynamics in Microstructured Heusler Magnon Conduits"
2012 Diploma in experimental physics (TU Kaiserslautern),
thesis: "Untersuchungen zur plasmonenunterstützten Signalverstärkung bei der Brillouin-Lichtstreumikroskopie"
Dr. Helmut Schultheiß


Short CV

Since 2014 Group leader at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf
2010 - 2014 Postdoc at the Argonne National Laboratory
2010 PhD in physics (TU Kaiserslautern),
thesis: "Kohärenz und Dämpfungsverhalten von Spinwellen in magnetischen Mikrostrukturen"
2006 Diploma in experimental physics (TU Kaiserslautern),
thesis: "Brillouin-Lichtstreu-Mikroskopie an magnetischen Mikrostrukturen"
Dr. Attila Kákay


Short CV

Since 2014 Leading the micromagnetic activities at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf
2006 - 2014 Postdoc at the Forschungszentrum Jülich
2006 PhD in physics (Budapest University of Technology and Economics),
thesis: "Numerical investigations of micromagnetic structures"
1998 - 2006 Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences