We have studied nanophosphors of yttrium silicate (YSO) undoped and doped with different concentration of ytterbium (Yb3+) synthesized by using the Sol-gel method. Structural and luminescence properties of the nanophosphors were studied experimentally by using different analytical techniques. For the structural analysis, we performed X-ray diffraction (XRD), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectrometry (EDS) measurements. Upconversion (UC) and the white light (WL) emission properties were investigated by using the near infrared cw laser excitation of 975 nm. The spectral properties have been found to depend on several physical parameters. (C) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.