- Max Planck Society Germany
- National Institute for Astrophysics Italy

Context. Total solar irradiance allows for the use of the Sun as a star for studying observations of stellar light curves from recent space missions. Aims. We aim to study how the mid-range periodicity observed in solar activity indices influences the total solar irradiance. Methods. We studied periodic variations of total solar irradiance based on SATIRE-S and SOHO/VIRGO data during solar cycles 23–24 on timescales of Rieger-type periodicity. Then we compared the power spectrum of oscillations in the total solar irradiance to those of sunspot and faculae data to determine their contributions. Results. Wavelet analyses of TSI data reveal strong peaks at 180 days and 115 days in cycle 23, while cycle 24 showed periods of 170 days and 145 days. There are several periods in the sunspot and faculae data that are not seen in total solar irradiance as they probably cancel each other out through simultaneous brightening (in faculae) and darkening (in sunspots). Rieger-type periodicity is probably caused by magneto-Rossby waves in the internal dynamo layer, where the solar cyclic magnetic field is generated. Therefore, the observed periods in the total solar irradiance and the wave dispersion relation allow us to estimate the dynamo magnetic field strength as 10–15 kG. Conclusions. Total solar irradiance can be used to estimate the magnetic field strength in the dynamo layer. This tool can be of importance in estimating the dynamo magnetic field strength of solar-like stars using light curves obtained by space missions.