This question is entirely for my own peace of mind. In the setting that I'm building, I wanted the Lightning Gun to be the only viable energy weapon in the setting, it suited the aesthetic of the setting and appealed to my love of weired-science. This inability to deploy other forms of energy weapon is justified through the presence of a real cosmic aether.
The Aether scattered/diffuses coherent beams that attempt to pass through it, and there is no way to circumvent this effect, at current point in the setting's history.
I've already deviated quite a bit from real world physics and could easily hand wave things as "causes I said so" and to some extent I'm going to have to do that.
Which is why the question is entirely for my peace of mind.
What are the differences between...
- The electrical current that creates a lightning bolt.
- A charged particle beam.
In layman terms if at all possible.