In my story, people use handheld, high-power laser rifles, however, there was a problem with the weapon's concept:
Laser beams begin to cause plasma breakdown in the atmosphere at energy densities of around one megajoule per cubic centimetre. This effect, called "blooming," causes the laser to defocus and disperse energy into the surrounding air. Blooming can be more severe if there is fog, smoke, or dust in the air.
This both reduces the power and the efficiency of the weapon, and destroy its "invisibility".
The answer would be electrolasers, but what if the target is/is in a Faraday Cage?
I'm interested in whether is there a way to somehow, force the created plasma into the target without messing up the laser itself, thus cleaning the laser's path a bit, and dealing further damage to the target.
The method should work on 100 meters at least and should use as few materials as possible. (considering that the weapon's main advantage is its seemingly infinite magazine)