Assume a fairly futuristic scenario where we can deal with the energy requirements of handheld laser weapons and the realistic creation of plasma ammunition etc.
From what I understand a plasma gun will shoot a ball of plasma like a projectile, which provides a little bit of kinetic energy and "burns" its target. A laser gun is just a continuous beam of energy that burns the target for as long as you fire it.
What exactly would be the advantages of one over the other?
Lasers obviously don't burn after you stop firing, but they are more "instant" (traveling at the speed of light rather than an ejected projectile). Do they burn better than plasma? They are also silent and invisible.
Also, would a plasma gun hold any advantage over regular kinetic weapons? Would they have less of a kinetic impact? Less instant kill potential? Is the burn effect worth it?
I've tried Googling a lot for comparisons from a somewhat scientific perspective, but I usually just end up finding threads about people comparing the stats of plasma vs laser guns in a specific game or something, which obviously is not what I am after - if anyone has got useful links for me to read I'd be happy about that too.