Past measurements of the thermal coupling of superconducting transition edge sensor (TES) calorimeters suspended on SiN membranes produced wide-ranging values for the exponent of the thermal coupling through the membranes. We present a measurement technique that is less susceptible to current dependence of the phase transition than the previous measurements. An initial measurement produced the expected exponent for a 2-D phonon gas: thermal conductance is proportional to T 2. In doing these measurements, we employ a modification to Lindeman's equivalent circuit technique for measuring TES complex impedance.
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- Thermal conductance