# How would one get the particle beam in Stern Gerlach experiment

How would I get a beam of silver atoms? I imagine this to be problematic, since the silver atoms are neutral. How would I accelerate them?

• Didn't the original experiment use a thermal source (furnace) and a collimator? Indeed, the Wikipedia article shows exactly that in the image at the top of the page. – dmckee Aug 3 '15 at 21:43