Out-of-band radiation in extreme ultraviolet (EUV) exposure tools remains one of the critical issues that must be addressed before the implementation of this lithography technique for high-volume manufacturing. The out-of-band spectrum at the intermediate focus of EUV sources that use a laser-produced plasma is dominated by scattered radiation from the drive laser, which operates near 10.6-μm wavelength. To reduce the unwanted heating of optical components in the exposure tool caused by the infrared wavelength, a 10.6-μm wavelength-absorbing gas can be used to reduce the number of photons at this wavelength reaching the intermediate focus. Gaseous sulfur hexafluoride (), whose infrared active mode is vibrationally excited by radiation around 10.6-μm wavelength, can be used to function as a molecular absorber and thus, mitigate part of the infrared radiation. In this work, the optical absorption of gaseous is experimentally investigated at the laser wavelengths close to 10.6 μm as well as the EUV wavelength. Various considerations affecting the use of a gas-based spectral filter are also discussed in this paper.